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Location India, Andhra Pradesh
Central coordinates 80o 21.97' East  16o 16.43' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 15 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The Uppalapadu, a freshwater tank situated in Uppalapadu village under Village Council (Gram Panchayat) revenue land, is small but very important for the globally threatened Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis. The depth of the tank is c. 3 m. Uppalapadu is c. 8 km from Guntur town. The pelicanry is of recent origin, and nesting was first recorded in the winter of 2000 (Rao and Kumar 2000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  present  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2004  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
fisheries/aquaculture -
Notes: Fishing
water management -
Notes: Water management

Acknowledgements Key contributors: K. Mrutyumjaya Rao and V. Kannan.


Manakadan, R. and Kannan, V. (2003) A study of Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis with special reference to its conservation. Final Report. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. 78 Pp.

Rao, K. M. and Kumar, K. R. (2000) Arrival of Spot-billed Pelican at Uppalapadu. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 40 (1): 14.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uppalapadu. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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