VEDANTHANGAL AND KARIKILI BIRD'S SANCTUARIES
A grove of Barringatonia and Acacia nilotica
trees in a tank from part of the sanctuary. in
addition dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests
can also be seen. Both these sanctuaries are
Kancheepuram district and sprawling in 30-ha and
61-ha area respectively. Vedanthangal is the
oldest birds sanctuary in the country. The
villagers had documented their right to project
the winged visitors to this sanctuary. The
migrating birds come from far-off lands like
Siberia, Australia, Pakistan and Srilanka for
nesting and breeding.
Breeding birds like Cormorants, Ergets, Grey
Heron, Open billed stork, Darter, Spoonbill,
Whiteibris, Night Herons, Grebes, Grey Pelican
etc visit the sanctuary. The population of
migratory birds included Garganey Teals,
Shovellers, Pintails, Stilts, Sandpipers etc.
Some of the resident birds listed are coots and
Moorhen, Terns. In all 115 species of birds have
been recorded in this sanctuary.