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Location India, Maharashtra
Central coordinates 73o 30.33' East  15o 55.15' North
IBA criteria A4iii
Area 6 ha
Altitude 25 - 45m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Burnt Island, among the Vengurla Rocks in the Arabian Sea, in Sindhudurg district, is an archipelago c. 14 km west to northwest of Vengurla Port. The archipelago comprises about 20 islets in an area about 5 km from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west. Detailed study on the flora and fauna has not been done. The rocks at Vengurla are quite bare, but the crevices are covered with grasses and shrubs. The main grass is Cymbopogon, with scattered Celosia argentea and Mollugo sperbula. They provide shelter for chicks and fledglings of terns and other species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  2003  15,000-20,000 individuals  medium  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas   -
Shrubland   -
Coastline   -

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Satish Pande and Vishwas Katdare.


Ali, S. and Ripley, S. D. (1987) Compact Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Second Edition). Oxford University Press, Delhi.

Abdulali, H., (1940) Swifts and Terns at Vengurla Rocks. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 41: 661-665.

Grimmett, R., Inskipp, C. and Inskipp, T. (1999) Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd., London, U.K.

Hume, A. O. (1876) Laccadives and the West Coast. Stray Feathers 4 (4,5,6): 413-483.

Pande, S, A. (2002a) Conservation of Habitat and Documentation of the nesting status of Indian Edible- nest Swiftlets and Marine Terns of the Vengurla Rocks. Bombay Natural History Society.

Pande, S. A. (2002b) A Rocky Adventure at Vengurla Islands. Hornbill April-June, Pp. 22-24.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Burnt Island (Bandra) Vengurla Rocks. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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