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PUTENAHALLI LAKE IN BANGALORE

Puttenahalli Lake is a 10 hectare water body near Yelahanka, 14 km north of Bangalore.

Puttenahalli Yelahanka Lake is prominent because more than 7,000 birds can be sighted during the breeding season. The 'avifauna' of this lake also includes some of the endangered and migratory birds from the Northern Himalayas and Siberia. Many species which are listed under threatened category of (IUCN) find this lake as their favourite abode during breeding season. Biodiversity experts have discovered 49 species of birds breeding here. Among the birds found here are Darters, Painted storks, Black-crowned Night Herons, Purple Herons, Pond Herons, Egrets, Asian Openbill Storks, Eurasian Spoonbills, Spot-billed Pelican, Little Grebe, Little Cormorant, Spot-billed Ducks, Purple Moorhen, Common Sandpiper and other water-birds.

Puttenahalli lake is not to be confused with the more popular Puttenahalli lake, in J.P Nagar in South Bangalore.

Steps are being taken to declare the 10 hectare water body as a protected area. Earlier, the lake was under Lake Development Authority (LDA) and was listed for further development for commercial purposes under Public-Private Partnership Model.