45 exotic winged beauties arrive at Pilikula

45 exotic winged beauties arrive at Pilikula

The Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park at Pilikula has been attracting the visitors with varieties of exotic winged beauties from Thursday.

The Park has received 45 birds of seven varieties from Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad, under animal exchange programme. All the 45 birds have been housed at a walk through aviary in the park, where bird lovers have an opportunity to have a closer view of the birds. 

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Director H J Bhandary said that the birds received are Grey and Red jungle fowls, Purple Heron, White Ibis, Painted Stork, Silver Pheasant and Grey Pelican.

The Park also received a male tiger and male mouse deer in exchange for a Tigress and seven female Mouse deers.

“We have given four Indian Golden Jackals, three barking deers and three King Cobra to the Hyderabad zoo. The Biological Park is in the process of getting more exotic and rare species of birds for the benefit of visitors in future. We are corresponding with the zoos in North India for exchange programme. Majority of the birds that were brought were non-predatory and were fed fish now,” he said.

Bhandary said “we have plans to expand aviary in the future to increase the bird stock. The aviary has two ponds.”

Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R V Deshpande had inaugurated the aviary last month. It is spread over 25,000 square feet area and constructed at a cost of Rs 40 lakh.

The aviary, which is 200-ft-long, 50-ft-high and 150-ft-wide and is covered with a dome-shaped chain-link mesh.

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