Chandaka - Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary

Country/territory: India

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2004)
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Area: 17,579 ha

Bombay Natural History Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2003 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
Chandaka was declared a sanctuary for the Asian Elephant Elephas maximus. It covers major portions of Chankada and Dampara ranges of Puri Forest Division, and forms a compact and contiguous forest tract. The reserve lies to the west of the Cuttack-Khurda road between Barang and Chhatabar, c. 20 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa. The ground is generally undulating, interrupted by small hills. The northeastern and central portions are generally flat. The highest peak is 202 m (Mishra, undated). There is no perennial stream or river in the Sanctuary, as its topography is such that water drains away rapidly. The situation is further aggravated by deforestation and overgrazing. Kumarkhunti reservoir (100 ha) is the only water reservoir inside the Sanctuary that sustains wildlife during the summer.

Key biodiversity

AVIFAUNA: Kumarkhunti reservoir used to hold breeding populations of about 5,000 Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans on the bamboo along the shores, but for the past four years the storks are not nesting as the trees have died due to excessive deposition of uric acid from the guano. But with the planting of new trees, the storks are likely to return for breeding. Wetlands International (2002) estimates 125,000 as the breeding population of the Asian Openbill in South Asia, which means that before the birds abandoned the nesting colony, about 4% of the biogeographical population used to breed at this site. Besides the two widely distributed Gyps vultures, the globally threatened Purple Wood-Pigeon Columba punicea and Broadtailed Grass-Warbler Schoenicola platyura have also been reported by the participants of the BNHS-IBA workshops. The site lies in Biome-11 (Indo-Malayan Tropical Dry Zone). Of the 59 species listed in Biome-11 from India, 25 have been found at this IBA site, proving it a good representative of Biome-11 species. Three species occurring in Biome-10 (Indian Peninsula Tropical Moist Forest) are also reported from here, but need further confirmation. They are the Small Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus viridirostris, Indian Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus horsfieldii and Loten’s Sunbird Nectarinia lotenia.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: Not much is known about other wildlife of this area, except that it holds a population of about 70 Asian Elephant. Other mammals recorded include Wild Dog Coun alphinus, Leopard Panthera pardus, Spotted Deer Axis axis, Barking Deer Muntiacus muntjak, Sloth Bear Melursus ursinus. Pythons and Monitor Lizards also occur here in good numbers.

Key contributors: Bivash Pandav, B. C. Choudhury, Biswajit Mohanty and Wild Orissa.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chandaka - Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary. Downloaded from on 20/01/2022.