Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary

Last Modified: Sat Dec 15 2018 09:27:16 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1690.5 hectares
    Area of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary which hosts several migratory birds, especially flamingos. The sanctuary encompasses areas of Mumbai city such as Mulund (143.16 ha), Vikhroli (257.35 ha), Bhandup (94.92 ha), Kanjur (264.87 ha), and parts of Mandale village (72.28 ha).
  • 40,000
    Estimated number of flamingos that call the creek home for six months of the year. Every year, thousands of flamingos descend upon mudflats in Mumbai and Thane in November, eventually migrating back to Gujarat in May. Apart from the flamingos, the creek is home to a large number of species, such as:
  • 150
    Number of bird species including Waders, Plovers Oriental Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Indian and Greater Spotted Eagles, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-bellied Tern, Caspian Tern, European Roller, Indian Skimmer, Painted Stork that can be spotted at the creek.
  • 7
    Fish species
  • 3
    Crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, crayfish) and one edible bivalve (marine molluscs)
  • 68
    Insect species
  • 29
    Species of butterflies and moths
  • 9
    Species of mangroves - Avicennia marina being the dominant one
  • 37
    Species of phytoplankton - dominance of Skletonema, Thalassiosira and Rhizosolenia recorded