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Location India, Rajasthan
Central coordinates 73o 52.00' East  24o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 342 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The Baghdarrah Nature Park is situated 15 km east of Udaipur on the Udaipur-Jhamar Kotra Road, amidst the ancient Aravalli Hills. As the name indicates, the area used to have Tigers Panthera tigris. Records reveal that the forest included in the Protected Area used to be the shikargah of the erstwhile rulers of Mewar. Baghdarrah Lake, a waterbody spreading over 30 ha, provides an ideal habitat for aquatic flora and fauna. A number of migratory waterfowl could be seen in the lake during winter. The site provides an excellent natural home for crocodiles Crocodylus palustris, which were seen freely floating on the pond water. The surrounding vegetation of this closed area represents the dry deciduous forest type. The tall trees of the forest patch provide nesting for the vultures. The important tree species of the forest includes Sterculia urens, Butea monosperma, Terminalia spp., Ficus spp., Acacia spp., Cassia fistula and Boswellia serrata. Major aquatic flora include Polygonum glabrum, Typha angustata and Trapa natans.

Key Biodiversity 

AVIFAUNA: More than 130 bird species are reported from this IBA site (Sharma 2002). The site qualifies as biome 11 (Indo-Malayan Tropical Dry Zone). Sarus Crane has been observed frequently, possibly coming from other lakes of Udaipur (Satish K. Sharma pers. comm. 2003).

OTHER KEY FAUNA: Other important fauna includes Leopard Panthera pardus, Jungle Cat Felis chaus, Golden Jackal Canis aureus, Indian Fox Vulpes bengalensis, Porcupine Hystrix indica, Black-naped Hare Lepus nigricollis, Common Mongoose Herpestes edwardsi, Marsh Crocodile Crocodylus palustris, Brahminy Skink Mabuya carinata, Monitor Lizard Varanus bengalensis, John’s Earth Boa Eryx johnii, Rat Snake Ptyas mucosus, Cobra Naja naja and Russell’s Viper Daboia russelii.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Sarus Crane Antigone antigone resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture practices
forestry -
Notes: Forestry
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature conservation and research
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation
urban/industrial/transport -
Notes: Human settlements

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Raza H. Tehsin, Satish K. Sharma, Satya P. Mehra, Sarita Sharma.


Sharma, S. K. (2002) Preliminary Biodiversity Survey of Protected Areas of Southern Rajasthan. Pp. 1-23. Unpublished Report.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bagdarrah Closed Area. Downloaded from on 05/05/2015

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