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Location Vietnam, Gia Lai
Central coordinates 108o 35.00' East  14o 31.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 15,900 ha
Altitude 800 - 1,452m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)



Site description This IBA comprises Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve. A mountainous plateau dominates the topography of the site. Forest covers 15,610 ha or 98% of the total area of Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve. The main forest type is lower montane evergreen forest, distributed at altitudes between 900 and 1,500 m in the north-west of the nature reserve. Kon Cha Rang lies within the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area. Nine bird species and nine mammal species recorded at Kon Cha Rang are considered globally threatened.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Anon. (1999) list the occurrence of the following threatened mammal species at Kon Cha Rang: Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Dhole Cuon alpinus, Clouded Leopard Pardofelis nebulosa and Tiger Panthera tigris. Anon. (1999) also recorded three globally threatened primate species at Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve: Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctoides, Grey-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle and two globally threatened ungulate species: Megamuntiacus vuquangensis and Naemorhedus sumatraensis. Podocarpus neriifolius has been recorded at Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve by Anon. (1999).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata resident  1988  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Grey-headed Fish-eagle Icthyophaga ichthyaetus resident  1988  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Masked Finfoot Heliopais personatus resident  1988  A1  Endangered 
Blyth's Kingfisher Alcedo hercules resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis resident  1999  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Austen's Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus austeni resident  1988  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Red-collared Woodpecker Picus rabieri resident  1988  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Short-tailed Scimitar-babbler Jabouilleia danjoui resident  1999  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Grey-faced Tit-babbler Macronous kelleyi resident  1988  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 
Black-hooded Laughingthrush Garrulax milleti resident  1999  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
White-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax vassali resident  1988  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve 16,000 is identical to site 15,900  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Hill evergreen forest (subtropical); Semi-evergreen rain forest (tropical)  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve is situated 12 km to the east of Kon Ka Kinh Nature Reserve, linked by intervening forest areas. The two nature reserves, therefore, form an area large enough to support viable populations of large mammals, such as Tiger Panthera tigris, that neither area could support in isolation. However, the intervening forest areas are currently under forest enterprise management. BirdLife and FIPI strongly recommend, in the future, these areas should be incorporated within the boundaries of the two nature reserves to form one continuous protected area (Le Trong Trai et al., 2000).

Further web sources of information 

Site account from Directory of Important Bird Areas in Vietnam: key sites for conservation (Tordoff 2002)

References BirdLife International and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (2001) Sourcebook of existing and proposed protected areas in Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.Anon. (1999) [Investment plan for Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve, Gia Lai province]. Hanoi: Forest Inventory and Planning Institute. In Vietnamese.Le Trong Trai, Le Van Cham, Tran Quang Ngoc and Tran Hieu Minh (2000) An investment plan for Kon Ka Kinh Nature Reserve, Gia Lai province: a contribution to the management plan. Hanoi: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.Robson, C. R., Eames, J. C., Wolstencroft, J. A., Nguyen Cu and Truong Van La (1989) Recent records of birds from Vietnam. Forktail 5: 71-97

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kon Cha Rang. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014

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