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Location India, Karnataka
Central coordinates 76o 37.81' East  12o 18.59' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 58 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description A picturesque lake located within Mysore city, it is bordered on two sides by the University of Mysore, on the north by a state highway and to the south by a residential area. It was built by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1864 AD. The Lake is presently under the control of Mysore University. Over the years, the vegetation has undergone a significant change, and plantation and woodland have succeeded grassland in the northwestern parts of the land around the lake. A corresponding change in bird life has been seen, with the disappearance of grassland species. The water ferns, namely Azolla pinnata, A. microphylla and A. filiculoides are the common pteridophyte species found in this IBA, of which the latter two are common in the lake, while A. pinnata is the most dominant ubiquitous species occuring in roadside ponds, pools, lakes and other standing waters. The tree species in the lake environs are Acacia, Cassia, Albizzia lebbeck, Bauhinia and Wrightia tinctora.

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 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  present  A1  Near Threatened 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
Notes: Fisheries / aquaculture
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation

Acknowledgements Key contributors: A. Shivaprakash and Thejaswi Shivanand.


Mysore Amateur Naturalists (MAN) (1997) Checklist of the Birds of Kukkarahalli Lake. Mysore Amateur Naturalists, Mysore. Pp. 36.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kukkarahalli Tank. Downloaded from on 30/09/2014

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