|Central coordinates||72o 24.00' East 27o 7.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Khichan, 150 km north of Jodhpur in the northern part of the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, is a small village off the main tourist track. The village has recently been recognized as a tourist spot by the Rajasthan Tourist Development Corporation, mainly due to the presence of large wintering flocks of Demoiselle Cranes Grus virgo. Khichan is located in a sandy desert area, so it has the typical xerophytic vegetation of the Thar. Among the tree species, Prosopis cineraria and Salvadora sp. are the commonest plants.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Indian Vulture Gyps indicus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|White-browed Bushchat Saxicola macrorhynchus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
|Notes: Human settlement|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Asad R. Rahmani, Manoj Kulshreshtha, Krishna Kumar Vyas and Satyanarain Rajpurohit.
Grimmett, R., Inskipp, C. and Inskipp, T. (1998) Birds of the Indian subcontinent. Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd;, London, U.K.
Rahmani, A. R. (1997) The effect of Indira Gandhi Nahar Project on the avifauna of the Thar desert. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 94(2): 233- 266.
Wetlands International (2002) Waterbird Population Estimates: Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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