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Location India, West Bengal
Central coordinates 88o 20.00' East  24o 55.25' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 0 ha
Altitude 30 - 35m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The Naya Bandh area extends from the Indo-Bangla border to Naya Bandh Beel. It is a low lying area which includes several seasonal wetlands, mainly Chalka, Bakla, Vikon, Morkatta, Mona and Sirishdang. These distinct wetlands together form the Naya Bandh wetland complex. This wetland complex depends on two rivers, namely Tangon and Purarbhaba. During monsoon, the area gets connected with the River Punarbhaba and gets flooded. After the monsoon, the water recedes and several small wetlands develop, with a rich variety of aquatic vegetation. There is a small monoculture plantation of Barringtonia acutangula at the Bangladesh border.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri winter  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
fisheries/aquaculture -
Notes: Fishing
forestry -
Notes: Forestry

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Samiran Jha.


Anonymous (2003) Inland Wetlands of Central West Bengal. Unpublished Report, submitted to Sâlim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore, under the Project “Inland Wetlands of India” 2002. Green Peoples India, West Bengal.

BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Asia: Project briefing book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K., unpublished.

Rose, P. M. and Scott, D. A. (1994) Waterfowl Population Estimates: International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB Special Publication 29). Slimbridge, U.K.

Wetlands International (2002) Waterbirds Population Estimates: Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12. Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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