|Central coordinates||79o 15.28' East 26o 58.32' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Sarsai Nawar is a natural depression which fills up during the monsoon. A very old Shiva temple adjoins the lake and is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year, particularly during Shivaratri festival in the first week of March. The importance of the lake lies in the fact that it is the roosting area of the largest flock of Sarus Crane Grus antigone in the region, consisting of nearly 400 individuals. The name of the lake is derived from the Sarus (Sarsai from Sarus, and Nawar meaning shallow wetland; Wetland for the Sarus). In addition, a vast number of waders, ducks and geese visit the lake in winter. Three resident species of storks, namely the Painted Mycteria leucocephala, Wooly-necked or White-necked Ciconia episcopus and Black-necked Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus feed in the lake throughout the year. The wetland is unusual in that the principal vegetation is Cyperus rotundus and there is no emergent vegetation. Other vegetation includes several species of grasses and water lilies.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Sarus Crane Grus antigone||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2004||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Key contributor: K. S. Gopi Sundar.
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