Melselvanur-Keelselvanur Bird Sanctuary
Mela-Keela Selvanoor Bird Sanctuary is located near Sayalkudi in Ramanathapuram district. The sanctuary was declared in the year 1998. This is the biggest birds sanctuary in Tamil nadu. The total area of the sanctuary is 593.08 ha
Melaselvanoor, Keelaselvanoor Bird Sanctuary is located in Melaselvanoor, Kelaselvanor village tanks at 9o13’ N and 78 o 32’30 E graticule. It forms part of Melaselvanoor and Keelaselvanoor villages of Kadaladi taluk of Ramanathapuram district.
Majority of its area is now invaded and covered with prospis thickets. The Acacia nilotica plantation situated in the area is the nesting site for Migratory birds.
Pelicans, Painted Storks, Open billed Storks, White ibis, Spoon bills and Egrets regularly nest in the sanctuary. This sanctuary is considered to be the best heronry site in Ramanathapuram district. The vegetation of the tank is dominated by Prosopis in few locations with babul and on the boundaries with tamarind trees.
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