Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo National Park, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Preserve in 1985, is an oasis of wildlife where 364 species of birds have been observed. It hosts rare migratory bird species including the Siberian Crane, Greater Spotted Eagle and the Imperial Eagle. It also serves as a wintering area for a huge colony of up to 20 000 birds including 15 species of herons, ibis, cormorants, spoonbills and storks in a season when water is plentiful. Established in the nineteenth century as a duck hunting reserve for the Maharajas, the park, surrounded by a six meter wall, is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.
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