Site description (2004 baseline):
AVIFAUNA: Although a full checklist is not available, information on many threatened species is available. This IBA is particularly noteworthy for the records of Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri, which has been listed as Vulnerable. It has been recorded in four beels within this site, Misamari, Digholi, Kawoimari and Laujan (Choudhury 2000). A few thousand waterfowl, including ducks and geese, winter in the area. Seven more threatened species were recorded in the area.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Gangetic Dolphin Plantanista gangetica inhabits the rivers and various turtles are also found.
Reclamation of beels, heavy fishing and poaching of birds are the main issues. A ‘bird festival’ like the one organised in January 2003, could generate interest among local people.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jhanjimukh - Kokilamukh. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/jhanjimukh--kokilamukh-iba-india on 06/12/2023.