|Central coordinates||79o 51.32' East 12o 2.12' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Bahour lake is the second largest wetland in Pondicherry. It is located near the Bahour village about 20 km from Pondicherry city, north of the Pennaiyar river. It is a seasonal freshwater wetland that receives water during the monsoon between September and March. The lake is dry for about 5 months.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis||-||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)|
|Notes: Livestock grazing|
|Notes: Water management|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Supriya Jhunjhunwala, S. Balachandran, and Priya Davidar.
Balachandran, S. and Alagarrajan, R. (1995) An ecological survey of the wetlands of Pondicherry with special reference to Ousteri lake. Institute of Restoration of Natural Environment. Nagercoil. Pp. 40.
Jhunjhunwala, S. (1998) The Ornithological importance of Ousteri lake and Bahour lake: A study of the habitat preferences of their waterfowl and waders. M.Sc. Dissertation. Salim Ali School of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University.
Wetlands International (2002) Waterbirds Population Estimates: Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12. Wageningen, the Netherlands.
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