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Location India, Arunachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 96o 5.00' East  27o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4i
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 150 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society



Site description The chapories (=riverine islands and tracts) of the Lohit river starts from Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border near Sadiya and extends eastwards fomring part of 'Assam Plains' Endemic Bird Area. This IBA also includes the entire riverbed of the Lohit, at places more than 10 km wide with sandy and grassy tracts. The area is the floodplains of the Lohit river and the entire area is criss-crossed by numerous channels turning it into a complex of water bodies, riverine islands, grassland and forest. The area has rich assemblage of grassland birds (A. U. Choudhury pers. comm. 2003).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-winged Duck Asarcornis scutulata resident  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Goosander Mergus merganser unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis resident  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 

Habitats

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

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Anwaruddin Choudhury.

References 

Choudhury, A. u. (1996) Survey of the White-winged Wood Duck and Bengal Florican in Tinsukia district and adjacent areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The Rhino Foundation for Nature in NE India. Guwahati. 82 pp.

Choudhury, A. U. (1999) Status of the wild water buffalo Bubalus arnee in Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 96(1): 130-132.

Choudhury, A. U. (2004) A pocket guide to the Birds of Arunachal Pradesh. Gibbon Books and The Rhino Foundation for Nature in NE India. Guwahati.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: The Chapories of Lohit Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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