Sur Sarovar

Panoramic view of Sur sarovar wetland
Colony of Spot-billed pelicans at Sur Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary
Congregation of Pelicans at Sur Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary

Sur Sarovar

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    431 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    27°15'N 77°50'E
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Sur Sarovar, also known as Keetham Lake, is a human-made reservoir; originally created to supply water to the city of Agra in summer, the wetland soon became an important and rich ecosystem. The Site’s patchwork of different habitat types provides refuge to resident and migratory birds, and more than 60 species of fish. Threatened species include the vulnerable greater spotted eagle (Clanga clanga), sarus crane (Grus antigone) and catfish Wallago attu. The Site is important for bird species which migrate on the Central Asian flyway, with over 30,000 waterbirds known to visit the reservoir annually. Over 1% of the South Asian regional population of the greylag goose (Anser anser) is present. Unsustainable tourism, invasive species, and household sewage and urban wastewater present significant threats to the Site.

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The wetland is located on Delhi-Mathura highway (National Highway-2), in Agra district, Uttar Pradesh

  • National legal designation: 
    • Bird Sanctuary - Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
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