is a bird sanctuary on the Kanpur-Lucknow road in Uttar Pradesh
consisting of a lake
and the surrounding environs. The sanctuary provides protection for 250 species of migratory birds
mostly from CIS (or formerly USSR
) countries, but the numbers have been dwindling since the 1990s, most having relocated to newer areas in Himachal and Rajasthan. The sanctuary also houses a deer garden.Wildlife AttractionsAvian PopulationThe avian population here comprises a mix of residents as well as migratory birds. The birds migrate across Himalayas from Tibet, China, Europe and Siberia during winters. Some of these birds fly over 5000 km and above 8500 mts high to reach here. Some of the major migratory birds during the season are Greylag Goose, Pintail, Cotton teal, Red Crested pochard, Gadwall, Shoveller, Coot and Mallard. Some major local migratory and residential birds are Spotwill, Sarus crane, Painted Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, Dabchick, Whisling teal, Open billed stork, White necked stork, Pheasant tailed jacana, Bronze winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, Lapwing, Tern vulture, Pigeon, King crow, Indian roller and Bee eater.Deer ParkA small park, comprising the deers has been established in the vicinity of the sanctuary. There are Spotted deers and Barking deers in the park. It is one of the main attractions in the sanctuary.ReptilesThe major reptiles found in the sanctuary are Cobra, Viper, Krait, Ratsnake and Water snakes.