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Location India, Maharashtra
Central coordinates 73o 41.00' East  20o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Gangapur Dam is situated 16 km from Nashik city. It was constructed in 1956-57 to supply drinking water to Nashik. The area around the reservoir is undulating grassland with patches of agricultural fields. Not much is known about the aquatic vegetation. The dominant grasses are Heteropogon contortus, Dicanthuim annulatum and Cymbopogon martinii.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Pochard Aythya ferina 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  2004  present  A1  Least Concern 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Lesser Florican Sypheotides indicus resident  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2004  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture; Irrigation project
water management -
Notes: Irrigation project

Acknowledgements Key contributors: B. Raha and N. Bhure.


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

BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Asia: Project briefing book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K., unpublished.

Raha, B. and Prakash, V. (2001) Occurrence of Lesser Florican Sypheotides indica at Hosur, in Nashik district, Maharashtra. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 98(2): 279.

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

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