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Island of Birds

Also known as Pakshi Pitti, Pitti is a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep and is a satellite island of Kalpeni. With an area of 1.21 hectare, it stands on the edge of the massive 60 km long submerged sandbank running up to Kadmat-Amini twin atolls. The island is about 18 km north-west of Kavaratti. Pitti is a small reef with tiny sand bank at its southern part. Oceanic birds such as Sterna fuscata and Anous solidus are generally found in this island. The island is the breeding ground of thousands of birds belonging to the tern group. It is fascinating to watch the sea birds hovering in mid-air, wheeling and darting in flight as they snatch small fish and crustaceans from the waters. Direct landing in the island is very difficult because of heavy breakers and rocky approach. Islanders from Amini and Kavaratti used to visit the island for fishing. This island has been declared as a bird sanctuary since 1962.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Lakshadweep


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