|Central coordinates||79o 27.83' East 14o 0.55' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||150 - 800m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Sri Penusila Narasimha Wildlife Sanctuary, earlier known as the Veliconda Wildlife Sanctuary, spreads over the districts of Cuddapah and Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. This area encompasses Turupukonda hills, part of the Velikonda Hill range, Somasila Dam and Kandaleru Reservoir. This area was proposed as the Velikonda Wildlife Sanctuary soon after the sightings of the Critically Endangered Jerdon’s Courser on the western slopes of Turupukonda Hills (Bhushan 1994) but it was declared only after about ten years as Sri Penusila Narasimha Wildlife Sanctuary. This IBA site contains Moist Deciduous forest, and Dry Thorn forest on the foothills of Velikonda Hill ranges, apart from Euphorbia scrub forests and monoculture plantation, especially of Eucalyptus and Terminalia arjuna.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Sri Penusila Narasimha||Sanctuary||103,085||is identical to site||103,085|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Nature Conservation|
Acknowledgements Key contributor: Panchapakesan Jeganathan.
Bhushan, B. (1994) Ornithology of the Eastern Ghats. Ph.D. (Zoology) Thesis, University of Bombay, Mumbai.
Jeganathan, P. (2003) Preliminary faunal survey in the Sri Penusila Narasimha Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Pp. 13.
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