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Location India, Assam
Central coordinates 92o 35.00' East  24o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 70 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This wetland in southern Assam’s Hailakandi district is located near Hailakandi town and is surrounded by villages. In winter, large parts become dry with marshy areas on the fringes. Although reclamation and siltation have reduced the area, it is more than 150 ha in monsoon and around 70 ha in the post-monsoon season (Choudhury 2000). Bauwwa Beel is relatively small but remains as significant in the Barak Valley region of the state as many others have been lost to land reclamation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  present  A1  Near Threatened 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

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

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Anwaruddin Choudhury and Abdul Munim Mazumdar.


Choudhury, A. U. (2000): The Birds of Assam. Gibbon Books and WWFIndia, NE Regional Office, Guwahati.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bauwwa Beel. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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