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Location India
Central coordinates 94o 0.00' East  27o 3.22' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 4,900 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This site is located near the confluence of the Ranga river with the Khabolu river and consists of degraded grassland with beels and marshes. The woodland area has been completely destroyed due to felling. This site was known as Milroy Buffalo Sanctuary during British days as a good number of Asiatic Wild Buffalo Bubalus arnee (= bubalis) used to occur (Choudhury 1994). Situated 20 km south of Lakhimpur town, the district headquarters, this wetland complex is an important site for waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Near Threatened 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 
Black-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis flavirostris 2004  present [units unknown]  A1, A2  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

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

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Anwaruddin Choudhury and Bikul Goswami..


Choudhury, A. U. (1994) The decline of Wild water buffalo in Northeastern India. Oryx 28(1): 70-73.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pabho Reserve Forest. Downloaded from on 18/04/2014

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