The mangrove ecosystem is known to play important role as nursery for a variety of marine and freshwater organisms. They present a much diverse structural habitat than most coastal ecosystems and harbour a great variety of bird life (Samant, 1985). Though the birds are not exactly aquatic creatures, a large number of birds are dependent solely on the aquatic environment for their survival (Mandal et al., 2001), and mostly use mangrove ecosystem for feeding, roosting or transit purpose.

Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary