Nakti Bird Sanctuary

Mounds in Nakti Bird Sanctuary
Nakti Dam Reservoir
Birds of Nakti

Nakti Bird Sanctuary

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  • Area: 
    332.6 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    24°50'N 86°26'E
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The Site is a man-made wetland which was developed primarily for irrigation through the construction of Nakti Dam. Since the dam’s construction, the wetland and its surrounding area have provided habitat for over 150 species of birds, mammals, fish, aquatic plants, and reptiles and amphibians. They include globally threatened species, including the endangered Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) and a vulnerable native catfish (Wallago attu). The catchment area is largely dry deciduous forest, and is surrounded by hills. In 1984, the wetland was designated as a Bird Sanctuary, highlighting its importance as a wintering habitat for several migratory species, with over 20,000 birds congregating during winter months. This includes one of the largest congregations of red-crested pochard (Netta rufina) on the Indo-Gangetic plain. Alongside its function supporting the agricultural and domestic water demands of local communities, the Site is popular as a recreational birdwatching site.

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The Nakti Bird Sanctuary is located in the Jamui district of the State of Bihar

  • National legal designation: 
    • Wildlife Sanctuary - Nakti Bird Sanctuary
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