Heerakund Reservoir and Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2016 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus NT non-breeding 2015 present A1
Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis EN non-breeding 2015 present A1
Black-bellied Tern Sterna acuticauda EN resident 2015 present A1
Indian Spotted Eagle Clanga hastata VU resident 2015 present A1
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga VU winter 2015 present A1
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN non-breeding 2015 present A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding 2009-2013 47,348-79,344 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2016).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Debrigarh Sanctuary 34,691 protected area overlaps with site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Heerakund Reservoir and Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/heerakund-reservoir-and-debrigarh-wildlife-sanctuary-iba-india on 02/03/2024.