Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is a birder's paradise with over 140 species including 11 endemics having been spotted over a visit. The vegetation in the sanctuary best for birding consists of tropical evergreen forest, though the evergreen vegetation can also make spotting difficult. Elevations around Thattekkad are over 1500 meters lower than in Munnar, the local temperatures are higher and birds became more active. The vegetation changes in this area over relatively short distances and with slight changes in elevation. The sanctuary also contains a large marsh where whiskered tern, bronze-winged jacana and noisy flocks of lesser whistling ducks can be spotted. In the dry season, many of the trees drop their leaves, making it relatively easy to spot the birds. Cuckoos and drongos are the most common species encountered besides green bee-eaters, blue-tailed bee-eaters, mottled wood and Asian darters, little cormorants, shirka, Blyth's pipit, ashy wood swallow, common iora, black-hooded oriole, greater racket-tailed drongo, black drongo, bronze drongo, rufus treepie, grey-bellied cuckoo, greater coucal, common hawk cuckoo, Asian koel, yellow-billed babbler, thick-billed warbler, lesser yellow nape, Rufus woodpecker, brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, and streak-throated woodpecker, the Malabar grey hornbill and the white-bellied blue flycatcher. Other species often spotted include: collared scops owl, Indian cuckoo, greater flameback, jungle owlet, Malabar woodshrike, crested serpent eagle, rusty-tailed flycatcher, blue-throated flycatcher, brown-breasted flycatcher, orange-headed thrush, black-naped oriole, eurasian golden oriole, large cuckooshirke, white-rumped needle tail, flame-throated bulbul, heart-spotted woodpecker, small minivet, rose-winged parakeet, Asian paradise-flycatcher and the pale-billed flower pecker, India's smallest bird.