Chinnar excels in diversity of birds. A series of three bird surveys were conducted during 1998-99. A total of 211 species were reported from the sanctuary during the entire period and the most important observation was the discovery of the peninsular endemic and globally threatened yellow throated bulbul (Pycnonotus xantholaemus) which was the first record from Kerala in the 20 th century.

(Source: Sightings of Yellow Throated Bulbul from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, J.Praveen and L.Namassivayan, Zoos’ Print journal 21(4):2228)