|Location||India, Jammu & Kashmir|
|Central coordinates||79o 0.00' East 32o 48.00' North|
|Altitude||4,250 - 4,350m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description These marshes are located west and north of Hanle village in Ladakh, near the border with China. They are partly state owned and partly under the Hanle Buddhist monastery. The habitat is a complex of fast flowing streams, stagnant pools, saline marshes, seasonally flooded marshes, and bogs along the Hanle river, 45 km south of its confluence with the Indus river. The wetlands are frozen from November to April and are fed by snowmelt in summer. The freshwater pools shelter species such as Hydrilla, Myriophyllum, Potamogeton, and an edible aquatic lichen
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga||winter||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis||breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Local recreation (no tourist permit is issued to this area)|
|Notes: Water management|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Otto Pfister and Rauf Zargar.
Pfister, O. (2001) Birds recorded during visits to Ladakh, India, from 1994 to 1997. Oriental Bird Club, London, Forktail 17: 81-90.
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