The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi, Goa, in India. The size of the sanctuary is 1.78 sq km. The area is covered with a thick layer of mangrove forests where one can find many different kinds of birds and animals, including species such as the mudskipper and the black drongo.
Though small, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the house of variety of local and migratory birds can be found on this island. The sanctuary is named after one of India's most prominent ornithologists, Dr. Salim Ali.
The sanctuary is rich in flora growth and one can see a thick covering of mangrove vegetation here. The flora cover is very fertile over here the mangrove ecology is considered to be the best for birds, fish and insects to multiply. They provide thick shelter for the birds and are their natural abodes.
Here one can find local as well as migratory birds. The best time to see the migratory birds is right after the monsoons around the month of October to March. The weather is quite pleasant then and the birds come here in plenty. One can find kingfishers, pintails, coots, egrets, etc. among the birds. If you are observant you may also spot crocodiles, jackals and foxes.
How to reach
From Panaji , one needs to take a bus or a cab to the Ribandar ferry dock and then take a ferry across the Mandovi river to the island of Chorao. The sanctuary is within walking distance from the ferry dock at Chorao.