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Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary




Unnao District, Uttar Pradesh

Main attraction


Migratory Birds

Best time to visit


November to March.

Entry Fee


6 am to 6 pm

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Sprawl over an area of 3 sq km, Nawabganj bird sanctuary is a bird sanctuary situated at Unnao District, on the Lucknow-Kanpur National Highway in Uttar Pradesh State. Approximately 250 species of resident and migratory birds are found here.

Surrounded by a shallow lake bordered with mixed dry forest, Nawabganj bird sanctuary is an ideal site for bird watching and photography. Spread over an area of 3, around 250 species of migratory birds mostly from CIS countires can be seen during the winter season, but the numbers have been reducing and most having relocated to Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In order to promote proper protection and conservation to the resident and migratory birds, the Nawabganj lake and its surrounding areas were declared the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary in 1984.

The sanctuary provides an information center for visitors to enhance the knowledge of visitors about birds, their behavior and habitats. The centre has provision to show documentaries associated to wildlife. The sanctuary can be visited all year round, but the best season to watch the migratory birds is from November to March.

The lake is the breeding ground for fishes like Katla, Mangur, Saul, Sindhi, Kavai etc. The travellers can also catch a glimpse of reptiles, such as, Cobra, Viper, Krait, Ratsnake and Water snake. The flora of the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary includes Acacia, Arjun, Kanji, Siras, Neem, Bargad, Eucalyptus, Gulmohar and some water plants.

The avian population here comprises a mix of residents as well as migratory birds. The sanctuary attracts migratory birds from Himalayas from Tibet, China, Europe and Siberia. Greylag Goose, Pintail, Common teal, Cotton teal, Red Crested pochard, Brahmini duck, Gadwall, Shoveller, Wigeon, Coot and Mallard etc. are some of the migratory birds found in the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary. Besides these Spotwill, Sarus crane, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Black Ibis, Dabchick, Whistling teal, Open billed stork, White necked stork, Black necked stork, Spoon bill, Pheasant tailed jacana, Broze winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, White breasted water hen, Indian Moorhen, Grebe, Cormorant Darter, Lapwing, Egret, Purple heron, Pond heron, Stone curlew, King fisher, Night jar, Tern vulture, Kite, Partridge, Hawk, Koel, Dove, Pigeon, King crow, Baya, Muniya, Golden oriole, Barbet. Babler, Indian roller, Bee eater, Parakeet, Drongo, Hoopoe, Finch, Peacock, Brain fever bird, Comb duck etc. are the local birds.

Besides these, there is a small deer park comprising spotted deer with curved horns and barking deer. Two walking trails, eastern and western, have been constructed to facilitate bird watching and platforms and benches are also placed for rest.