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Location India, Karnataka
Central coordinates 76o 37.00' East  12o 16.33' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 76 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This small lake has a variety of habitats which sustain a vibrant birdlife - wetlands, including the lake and adjacent paddy fields, mudflats and drains, open dry land, scrub forest, Sesbania and Acacia plantations, grassland, bamboo groves, mango and coconut groves, and orchards. Lingambudhi Lake was established in 1828 AD by Krishnaraja Wodeyar, ruler of the erstwhile State of Mysore, in memory of his wife. A farm of medicinal plants has been set up in a portion of the 108 ha of Forest Department land surrounding the lake, which includes a part of the wetland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  present  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2004  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture/grass cultivation/ medicinal plants farm
fisheries/aquaculture -
Notes: Fisheries /aquaculture
forestry -
Notes: Forestry / plantations
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature conservation and research
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation (Recreational Park)

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Thejaswi Shivanand and A. Shivaprakash.


Rasmussen, P. C. and Anderton, J. C. (in press) Birds of South Asia: the Ripley guide. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Thejaswi, S. (2001). The Year of the Rosy Pastor. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 41(3): 34-34.

Thejaswi, S., A. Shivaprakash and T. Shivanandappa (2000) Migratory birds at the Lingambudhi lake in Mysore. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 40(1): 7-9.

Thejaswi, S. and Shivaprakash, A. (in press) Black Tern, Chlidonias niger (Linn.) in Mysore, Karnataka: first record from inland south India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc.

Thejaswi, S. and Shivaprakash, A. (in press) Observations of the Rustyrumped Grasshopper-Warbler, Locustella certhiola (Pallas) at Mysore. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc.

Thejaswi. S. and Shivaprakash, A. (in press) The Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca Savigny, near Mysore, south India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc.

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

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