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Location India, Bihar
Central coordinates 85o 42.00' East  25o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society



Site description Mokama Taal wetlands cover more than 1,000 ha of shallow waterbodies, situated in Patna, Samastipur and Begusarai districts of Bihar. They lie about 75 km of Patna city towards the southern bank of the River Ganga, which drains the wetland. The topography of the area is generally flat land, like most of the Gangetic plains. It is a fairly compact tract of alluvial plain, sloping gently from south to north. Mokama Taal is a perennial water system and exhibits enormous biodiversity. Kawar (Kabar) Lake, an IBA site is close to Mokama, and when the birds get disturbed at Kawar they fly to Mokama.

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 
Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  2004  present  A1  Least Concern 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2004  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

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: Arvind Mishra, Mehboob Alam, Ali Hussain and S. P. Roy.

References 

Anonymous (2000) EIA Interim Report, for the 3x660 MW Barh Super Thermal Power Plant, of M/s National Thermal power Corporation Limited. Ghosh Bose & Associates Pvt. Ltd., Calcutta.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mokama Taal (Barah) Wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014

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