Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is listed as one of the “Important Bird Areas (IBA)” by BirdLife International in 2003. As many as 241 species of birds belonging to 51 families occur in Aralam. Birds are one of the most studied faunal elements of the sanctuary and bird surveys are conducted and bird list updated every year here. Out of the species recorded from here, 29 are migratory. 15 of the 17 endemic birds of the Western Ghats region were recorded from the sanctuary. Nine species of birds from the sanctuary are categorised under globally threatened according to IUCN. Black bulbul, Wayanad laughingthrush, Grey-headed bulbul, White-bellied shortwing, Nilgiri pipits are some of the rarities from the sanctuary. Aralam also supports a viable population of the rare and endangered Sri Lankan frogmouth, Malabar pied hornbill and Great Indian hornbill.

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Malabar Trogon

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Waynad Laughing Thrush

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