|Location||India, Uttar Pradesh|
|Central coordinates||77o 45.00' East 27o 0.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Sur Sarovar, more popularly known as Keetham Lake, was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1991, with an area of approximately 400 ha. It is about 17 km from Agra. The lake is owned by the Irrigation Department. Earlier, drinking water was supplied to Agra from Keetham Lake, but now it is piped to the Mathura Refinery, about 24 km away. The river Jamuna flows about 500 m to the northeast. Keetham Lake was named Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, after the great blind poet Surdas, who lived nearby nearly 500 years ago. The waterbody covers 300 ha and the surrounding buffer zone 400 ha. We have considered the whole waterbody and some surrounding areas as an IBA. Water Hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes covers much of the open waterbody. Many grasses and Ipomoea species cover the banks. Large trees are found on the islands in the lake, which support the heronry. The surrounding area is overgrown with Prosopis chilensis.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga||winter||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Sarus Crane Antigone antigone||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2004||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Sur Sarovar||Sanctuary||403||is identical to site||403|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - aquatic||-|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
|Notes: Water management|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Asad R. Rahmani and K. S. Gopi Sundar.
Rahmani, A. R. and Arora, V. M. (1991) Wetlands of Uttar Pradesh – Part I. Newsletter for Birdwatchers. 31(7 & 8): 4-5.
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