The ‘Pelican Bird Festival-2018’ was held for first in Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on at Kolleru lake in Andhra Pradesh. It was jointly organised by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA) and Krishna district administration.
Key Points:Pelican Bird Festival
- Atapaka Bird Sanctuary was recognized as one of the largest pelicanry in the world.During winter season, thousands of pelicans, painted storks and other birds migrate to Kolleru lake. During their stay they roost, breed and later fly away with their off springs.
- The festival began with a rally of colourfully dressed-up folk artists and local fishermen with pomp and gaiety and the ‘dappu’ and metallic beats and was celebrated on a large scale.The rally was led by the Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya and District Collector B. Lakshmikantham.
- Kolleru Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India located in Andhra Pradesh. It is located between Krishna and Godavari deltas.
- Kolleru lake is an important habitat for resident and migratory birds, including the grey or spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). The lake was declared as wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and also designated wetland of international importance in November 2002 under Ramsar Convention.
- Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae. Pelicans are gregarious birds, travelling in flocks, hunting cooperatively and breeding colonially.They have been persecuted because of their perceived competition with commercial and recreational fishing.