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Location India, Assam
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 resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius breeding  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
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 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Black-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis flavirostris resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Land use

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

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Anwaruddin Choudhury and Bikul Goswami..

References 

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 http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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