Sep 122013


Save Botanical Garden Kondapur- Here are more than 53 reasons to sign a petition to save it

I visit Kondapur Botanical Garden very often both with my family as with our nature club GHAC Nature. I have written posts about visit to botanical garden earlier on this blog

After that also we regularly visit Botanical Garden for its beautiful flowers, fresh air and above all the hundreds of birds that are found there.

Unfortunately for some time there are some plans by the government to convert a part of the botanical garden into an Eco Tourism complex with Hotels, shopping mall etc.  Most of us Hyderabadis think that this is a ploy to convert the green lung into commercial buildings as now the Botanical Garden is part of a  prime real estate.

Sunbird sucking nectar

A Little Sunbird sucking nectar from a flower

While places like Banjara Hills and Jubilee hills have gardens and forests like Lotus Pond and KBR Park, in the IT part of the city in Gachibowli, Kondapur, Madhapur, the only green lung we have is Botanical Garden. Also, it is a home to more than 50 species of birds and countless lesser fauna like insects, millipedes, centipedes, bugs, spiders etc. Let me give you here below the list of some of the birds that we have spotted regularly in Kondapur Botanical Garden

  1. Ashy Prinia
  2. Asian Cuckoo
  3. Baya Weaver
  4. Black Drongo
  5. Black Headed Ibis
  6. Black Kite
  7. Black Winged Kite
  8. Blue Eared Kingfisher
  9. Blue Flycatcher
  10. Brahmani Kite
  11. Common Coot
  12. Common Crow
  13. Common Moorhen
  14. Common Pigeon
  15. Coppersmith Barbet
  16. Crested Kingfisher
  17. Darter
  18. Greater Coucal
  19. Green Bee Eater
  20. Grey Heron
  21. Grey Wagtail
  22. Hoopoe
  23. House Sparrow
  24. House Swift
  25. Indian Grey Hornbill
  26. Indian Iora
  27. Indian Pea Fowl
  28. Indian Robin
  29. Indian Roller
  30. Jungle Babbler
  31. Large Pied Wagtail
  32. Lesser Cormorant
  33. Little Egret
  34. Little Grebe
  35. Myna
  36. PaddyField Pipit
  37. Painted Stork
  38. Pied Bushchat
  39. Plain Prinia
  40. Pond Heron
  41. Purple Sunbird
  42. Red Munia
  43. Red Vented Bulbul
  44. Red Wattled Lapwing
  45. River Tern
  46. Rose Ringed Parakeet
  47. Rosy Starling
  48. Scaly Breasted Munia
  49. Spotted Bill Duck
  50. Spotted Dove
  51. White-breasted Kingfisher
  52. White Ibis
  53. Yellow Wagtail


Butterfly in Botanical Garden

This Little Butterfly has only one home

Gloriosa Superba

Gloriosa Superba, State flower of Tamil Nadu found in the Woods and also national flower of Zimbabwe

Gerbera Flowers, Botanical Gardens Kondapur Hyderabad

Gerbera Flower

This list is by no means complete and only lists birds that I  have personally spotted in and around Kondapur Botanical Garden, a lot of them make nests in the trees and bushes in the Botanical gardens and would simply die if any kind of construction activity is undertaken in the botanical gardens. Besides these birds, a few of the lizards are regularly spotted here about some of whom I wrote in my posts about Lizards in Hyderabad.  NOTE: Not all lizard pictures were taken in botanical gardens some are from other places. You see lizards are not very keen to be clicked, so I make a note of when I spot a lizard and bird and try to click when I have a clear view without disturbing our little friends.

Not only birds and reptiles almost every butterfly found in Hyderabad has been spotted in the botanical garden and they will have nowhere to go if the gardens get destroyed.

If you want to learn more about Indian birds here are some books that  you can check   ( disclaimer: Amazon Affiliate links)

So I think it is important that we work towards saving the green lung that we have for us as well as for our little friends who have nowhere else to go.  I am giving here a link to a petition spearheaded by Greenpeace India which you can sign and petition to save the botanical garden Kondapur.

Kindly share this post with your friends and family and spread the message to save Botanical Garden Kondapur in Hyderabad.

  5 Responses to “53 Reasons to Save Botanical Garden Kondapur”

Comments (5)
  1. Nice pics. Do you have pics of all the species mentioned above?
    I’ve recently become interested in birding. Some pics of mine at Botanical Garden are shared here –

  2. For participating in the “Caputre the colour contest” I was asked to nominate 5 bloggers that I liked and I have nominated you. My entry to contest is at: while the contest website is:

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