|Central coordinates||96o 5.00' East 27o 53.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A4i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
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).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Common Merganser Mergus merganser||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis||unknown||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Key contributor: Anwaruddin Choudhury.
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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