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Location India, Karnataka
Central coordinates 76o 36.00' East  12o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 65 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This tranquil lake is located within Mysore city and is home to a bustling colony of cormorants, storks, pelicans and ibises. The lake is under the jurisdiction of the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens of Mysore. It has many islands, which are covered by Barringtonia acutangula, Acacia nilotica and Acacia auriculiformis, which provide excellent tree cover and nesting sites for birds. A butterfly park is also planned in the premises. The important marsh flora includes Nymphaea stellata, Rotala leptopetala, Lindernia parviflora, Bergia ammanioides, Ludwigia perennis, Typha angustata and Najas graminea. The tree species of the surrounding environs include Acacia sp., Cassia spp., Albizzia lebbeck, Bauhinia sp. and Wrightia tinctoria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus resident  2004  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  present  A1  Near Threatened 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Conservation
water management -
Notes: Water management

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Thejaswi Shivanand and A. Shivaprakash.


BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Wetlands International (2002) Waterbird Population Estimates: Third Edition. Wetlands InternationalGlobal Series No. 12. Wageningen,The Netherlands.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karanji Tank. Downloaded from on 19/09/2014

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