A haven for bird-watchers, the state is home to over 500 varieties of winged creatures. Roam the Western Ghats to get your fill of the Malabar whistling thrush, Malabar trogon, imperial pigeon, ruby throated bulbul, crested hawk eagle and shama that rule the lush evergreen forests. As you move down south, you find reserves of herons, white ibis, spoonbill, pelicans and painted storks. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Mandya), Kokkrebellur Pelicanry (Mandya), Kaggaladu Heronry (Tumkur), National Parks like Bandipur National Park, Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole), BR Hills Sanctuary offer birds of many feather like herons, storks, egrets, ducks, kites, eagles, falcons, partridges, peafowl, lapwings, sandpipers, woodpeckers, sunbirds, wagtails, warblers, babblers, shrikes and owls. You will hear the calls of Malabar parakeets and the songs of magpie robins echo through the forests of Karnataka, along with more than 550 species of other birds. Bangalore and its environs also provide excellent bird watching opportunities.