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Location India, Gujarat
Central coordinates 72o 3.23' East  22o 55.55' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 200 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society



Site description Bhashkarpara wetland, near Narmada Canal, is situated near Vitthalgadh, Surendranagar district, about 20 km from Viramgam and 45 km from Surendranagar. The size of this wetlands is c. 200 ha area. It attracts thousands of waterfowl during winter. The wetlands is surrounded by agriculture fields and some natural vegetation. As the site is located near Nalsarovar, there is regular exchange of birds between these two IBAs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor non-breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala non-breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus non-breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus non-breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster non-breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  A1  Critically Endangered 
Sarus Crane Antigone antigone non-breeding  A1  Vulnerable 
Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis non-breeding  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  20,000-49,999 individuals  poor  A4iii   

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
Notes: Irrigation

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Yogendra M. Shah, Chiku Vora, Faruk Chavahan, Vishal Thoria and Prashant Chavda.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bhashkarpara. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014

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