Site description (2004 baseline):
AVIFAUNA: More than 240 species of birds are reported from the Lakh Bahosi Sanctuary (Chaturvedi 1990-1999). Besides, there are records of Sarus crane, of which the number is not estimated. Besides the large congregations of waterfowl, some easily exceeding their 1% biogeographic threshold, this IBA also has three globally threatened and seven Near Threatened species. However, species-wise census data are not available. A pair of Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus is regularly seen in Bahosi, and probably breeds in the area. More than 400 Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus were seen a decade ago (Rahmani and Arora, 1992). Their number is reported to have gone up, thanks to good protection.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Lakh Bahosi was established for the protection of waterfowl. There are not many mammals of conservation interest. Among the large mammals, only Bluebul Boselaphus tragocamelus is found in abundance and is an important crop pest. Jungle Cat Felis chaus, Golden Jackal Canis aureus, and Black-naped Hare Lepus nigricollis and other mammals have also been recorded.
Management of this protected area is difficult, since a major portion of the area belongs to private landowners. Illegal hunting and bird trapping has been reported occasionally. While the Lakh jheel is nearly free of weeds, Bahosi is heavily infested with Ipomoea.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lakh-Bahosi Bird Sanctuary. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/lakh-bahosi-bird-sanctuary-iba-india on 06/12/2023.