Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary

The Kanwar Taal or Kabar Taal Lake located in Begusarai district of Bihar, India, is Asia's largest freshwater oxbow lake.[1] It is approximately six times [2] the size of the Bharatpur Sanctuary.

Kanwar Taal Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Kanwar Taal Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Kanwar Taal Bird Sanctuary
LocationBegusarai district, Bihar, India
Nearest cityBegusarai
Coordinates25°36′36″N 86°08′24″E / 25.61000°N 86.14000°E / 25.61000; 86.14000Coordinates: 25°36′36″N 86°08′24″E / 25.61000°N 86.14000°E / 25.61000; 86.14000
Area67.5 km2
Established1987

Kanwar jheel, as it is locally called, is located 22 km north-west of Begusarai town. It is a residual oxbow lake, formed due to meandering of Gandak river, a tributary of Ganga, in the geological past.[3]

Ornithologist Salim Ali, mentioned about 60 migratory birds that come all the way from Central Asia in winter and recorded around 106 species of resident birds. [4][5]

Nearest railway station: Begusarai Station Nearest bus stop :Jaimanglagadh Nearest airport: Patna Airport (Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport)

ThreatsEdit

  • Excessive chemicals, like Furadan used to capture birds
  • Killing of birds
  • Villagers encroachment of lake area

Birds in the regionEdit

Critically endangeredEdit

EndangeredEdit

VulnerableEdit

Near threatenedEdit

ImagesEdit

See alsoEdit

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kanwar lake: birds' paradise lost". www.downtoearth.org.in. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  2. ^ Kanwar lake: birds' paradise lost https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/kanwar-lake-birds-paradise-lost-44693
  3. ^ Kanwar lake: birds' paradise lost https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/kanwar-lake-birds-paradise-lost-44693
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.ibcn.in/IBA_Book_PDF/16%20(322_341)%20Bihar.pdf

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