|Location||India, Uttar Pradesh|
|Central coordinates||80o 21.87' East 28o 23.78' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) was declared on 1 January 1973, and in 1988 it came under Project Tiger. The Sanctuary has four ranges - Bhira, Kishanpur, Mailanai and Pawayari. Along with Dudhwa and Katerniaghat (both IBAs), Kishanpur has one of the most important terai grasslands left in northern India. Before the Tiger Panthera tigris was declared a protected species, Kishanpur had some of the most coveted tiger shooting blocks in India. As the forest was managed for timber logging, plantation and shooting, Kishanpur has a good road network. Most of the grasslands have been planted over by the Forest Department with Shorea robusta, Tectona grandis, Syzygium cumini, Madhuca indica, Bombax ceiba, Acacia catechu and Eucalyptus. However, some low-lying grasslands (e.g. Jhadi taal) are still left, which are extremely important for the highly endangered Swamp Deer Cervus duvauceli and Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis. The open grasslands are called locally Chander or phanta. Most of them are present in the depressions representing the dry beds of old rivers (probably the Sharda). The orientation of these grasslands is the same as the slopes of the tract i.e., northwest to southeast and to the south. Based on cultural and social values, administrative importance, geographical and habitat representations, Rahmani and Islam (2000) have prioritised the grasslands of Kishanpur as Priority No. I.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Sarus Crane Antigone antigone||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Kishanpur Ws||Sanctuary||22,700||is identical to site||22,700|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Nature conservation and research|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Asad R. Rahmani, Salim Javed and V. P. Singh.
Rahmani, A. R. (1996) Present status of the Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis in Dudwa Tiger Reserve. Centre of Wildlife and Ornithology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
Rahmani, A. R. (2001) Status of the Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis in Uttar Pradesh, India. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.
Rahmani, A. R. (unpublished) Birds of Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary.
Rahmani, A. R. and Islam, M. Z. (2000) Prioritization of the Indian grasslands for Conservation of Biodiversity. In: Setting Biodiversity conservation priorities for India, (eds. S. Singh, A. R. K. Sashtri, R. Mehta and V. Uppal). WWF-India, Pp. 168-176.
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