Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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75o 39.00' East 25o 27.00' North
A1, A3, A4i
Year of IBA assessment
Bombay Natural History Society
Site description Bardha Dam is a medium sized irrigation dam, with an expanse of c. 300 ha. It is situated 20 km east of the district headquarters of Bundi. The wetland supports a large number of waterfowl, particularly migratory ducks, pelicans, flamingos, Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia, Ruff, Philomachus pugnax Gadwall Anas Strepera, Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus and other waterbirds. The reservoir is controlled by the State Irrigation Department, as its main purpose is to supply water to farmers.
AVIFAUNA: The reservoir hosts Dalmatian Pelican (20-30: 1% population estimate), White Pelican (250: 1% population estimate), Comb Duck (100), Gadwall (5,000), Spoonbill (200), Ruff (2,000), Barheaded Goose (300), Sarus Crane (100: 1% population estimate) whose presence justifies its inclusion as an IBA site. Besides, it also fulfills criteria A1 (Threatened Species) and A3 (Biome Restricted Species). Over 10,000 aquatic birds of approximately 30 species have been recorded from the reservoir. Biome-restricted species of special conservation concern are Black Ibis Pseudibis papillosa, Oriental White-backed Vulture Gypsbengalensis, Indian Peafowl Pavocristatus, Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus, and Yellowlegged Green-Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Important fauna, other than birds are Golden Jackal Canisaureus, Indian Fox Vulpes bengalensis, Chinkara Gazella bennettii and Monitor Lizard Varanusbengalensis.