|Central coordinates||76o 26.00' East 12o 24.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description The 12,500 ha Krishnarajasagar reservoir was formed by impounding the Kaveri river at Kannambadi in 1924. It is located at the confluence of three rivers, the Kaveri and its tributaries the Hemavathi and the Lakshmanathirtha. It was one of the earliest large dams constructed in India and at present irrigates 0.4 million hectares of land in Mysore and Mandya districts of southern Karnataka. Large marshes form at the points where the rivers enter the reservoir. They come into existence every year as the reservoir fills up by September, and are used by thousands of migrant wader birds on passage. The marshes and mudflats expand as water is withdrawn from the reservoir for irrigation and they are at peak in December-February. Fields of millet, sorghum and vegetables are cultivated around the reservoir. The floodplain marshes are used in summer to cultivate vegetables. During monsoon, water lilies are cultivated for their edible roots.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Northern Pintail Anas acuta||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|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|
|Little Stint Calidris minuta||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2004||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - aquatic||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Thejaswi Shivanand and A. Shivaprakash.
Thejaswi, S. (ed.) The Birds of Mysore: An Annotated Checklist of the birds of Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts. Unpublished.
Wetlands International (2002) Waterbird Population Estimates: Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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