The Chintamain Kar Bird Sanctuary lies in pristine splendor in South 24-Parganas district of West Bengal just minutes away from the bustling Kolkata metropolis. Originally notified as a sanctuary in 1982, this 'Abhay Aranya' was acquired for the benefit of the public by Govt. of West Bengal at a significant cost from private owners in October 2005. The area was notified as Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary vide G O No.3019-FOR dated 8th September 2004 and later renamed as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary vide G.O No.4300-FOR/FR/O/L/6C-3/04 dated 21.10.2005.
The Sanctuary was named after the noted sculpture Sri Chintamoni Kar, who along with many local people and many NGO's fought tirelessly for a decades to obtain wildlife sanctuary status for 'Kayaler Bagan'.
Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is an orchard covered with local fruit trees-many over a hundred years old. The orchard originally covered 27 acres but had shrunk to 17 acres by the time it was acquired. Main trees are mango, Jackfruit, Coconut, Tamarind, Guava, Dumur, Safeda, Chatun etc.
The Sanctuary is a home to a great variety of birds, butterflies, epiphytes, ferns and orchids. Reptiles and mammals also seek the security provided by the Sanctuary in the mists of urban chaos. Key bird species include the recent recording of the Large-billed Reed Warbler-a bird rediscovered in India after more than a century. In addition, sanctuary is also the home of some small wildlife namely jungle cat, Civet cat, Water monitor Lizard, Jackal and the mongoose.
Over 150 species of birds have been recorded at the Sanctuary. The commonly seen species are as under :
|Eurasian Golden Oriole
|Common Hawk Cuckoo
|Oriental Magpie Robin
|Asian Pied Starling
|Asian palm Swift
|Brown Fish Owl
|Blyths Reed Warbler
|Crested Serpent Eagle
|Indian Pond Heron
|Motacilla alba personanta