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India, Gujarat


Barda Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately 9 miles / 15 kilometers from Porbandar near the Arabian Sea[1].

Although not large, as sanctuaries are prone to be, at approximately 74 square miles / 192 square kilometers, it has a significant floral composition.

Some forms of wildlife formerly present, are beginning to be threatened.


Notable Species

Although small in size, this sanctuary can claim a total of 96 species of birds having been recorded here with at least four considered near- threatened[2].


A species of birds, the Crested Hawk-Eagle, that had been found here is now considered rare/endangered[1].


Birds you can see here include:

Knob-billed Duck, Indian Peafowl, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Greater Coucal, Little Swift, Gray-headed Swamphen, Indian Thick-knee, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Barred Buttonquail, Small Pratincole, Whiskered Tern, Asian Openbill, Oriental Darter, Little Cormorant, Gray Heron, Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Spotted Owlet, Eurasian Hoopoe, White-throated Kingfisher, Asian Green Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Coppersmith Barbet, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Indian Pitta, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Gray-breasted Prinia

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

Barda is a former private forest of the ex-princely State of Ranava and is still referred to by those terms by some people.

Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Porbandar Airport (PBD) is the closest commercial airport to Barda. There is also some military usage present.

As always, contact a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information.

Contact Details

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  1. Official Gujarat Tourism - https://www.gujarattourism.com/destination/details/5/302
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Garda Wildlife Sanctuary Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 24 August 2020

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External Links

  1. Barda Wildlife Sanctuary