Year of compilation: 2004
AVIFAUNA: Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus and Pallas’s Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus are the threatened species found in this lake, which also attracts a large number of waterfowl. In the adjoining Tropical Moist Deciduous Forests, White-cheeked Hill-Partridge Arborophila atrogularis, Mountain Bamboo-Partridge Bambusicola fytchii, Blyth’s Kingfisher Alcedo hercules, Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica, White-throated Bulbul Criniger flaveolus, Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum are the various biome species of conservation interest.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Among mammals, we see Slow Loris Nycticebus coucang, Assamese macaque Macaca assamensis, Rhesus macaque M. mulatta, Capped Langur Trachypithecus pileatus, Hoolock gibbon Hylobates hoolock, Dhole or Wild dog Cuon alpinus (occasional), Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Yellow-throated Marten Martes flavigula, Hogbadger Arctonyx collaris, Ferret-badger Melogale sp., Jungle Cat Felis chaus, Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis, Leopard Panthera pardus, Tiger Panthera tigris, Asian Elephant Elephas maximus, Wild Boar Sus scrofa, Sambar Cervus unicolor, Barking Deer Muntiacus muntjak, Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis (rare), Malayan Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor, Irrawaddy or Himalayan Hoary-bellied squirrel Callosciurus pygerythrus, Hoary Bamboo Rat Rhizomys pruinosus, Chinese Porcupine Hystrix brachyura, Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla, and Rufous-tailed Hare Lepus nigricollis ruficaudatus. There are also unconfirmed reports of the Pig-tailed macaque Macaca nemestrina, Stump-tailed macaque M. arctoides and Clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa (Choudhury 2003).
There is a proposal to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary, totaling about 50 sq. km including Chandubi Lake, most of Mayong Hill RF and part of Barduar RF (Choudhury 1989). Like all the wetlands of Assam, Chandubi also faces poaching, extensive fishing, siltation and massive encroachment. If properly protected, Chandubi Lake has great potential to attract thousands of waterfowl. Pallas’s Fish-Eagle is still seen in this lake, which proves that the habitat is still suitable as a waterfowl refuge. Better protection from poaching and illegal fishing would make this IBA a great waterfowl sanctuary.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chandubi Lake and adjoining areas. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2022.