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Location Vietnam, Ninh Thuan
Central coordinates 108o 47.00' East  12o 4.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 23,597 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,978m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description This IBA comprises Phuoc Binh proposed nature reserve. The proposed nature reserve is located on the eastern edge of the Da Lat plateau and is contiguous with Bi Dup-Nui Ba Nature Reserve. The topography of the site is dominated by several high peaks in the west of the site. The east of the site decreases in elevation towards the coastal plain of south-central Vietnam. Phuoc Binh proposed nature reserve supports a range of forest types, including mixed timber and bamboo forest, coniferous forest and evergreen forest. In addition, there are large areas of agricultural land distributed along the Da May and Ta Hop streams in the south-east of the site.

Key Biodiversity Phuoc Binh lies within the Da Lat plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA). Five of the restricted-range species that occur in this IBA are found at the proposed nature reserve, including Collared Laughingthrush Garrulax yersini and Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata.

Non-bird biodiversity: The most significant mammal records at Phuoc Binh are Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle, Gaur Bos gaurus and Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis. Phuoc Binh proposed nature reserve also supports populations of the following threatened gymnosperm species: Pinus krempfii, P. dalatensis, Fokienia hodginsii and Podocarpus neriifolius (Eames and Nguyen Cu, 1994).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata resident  2002  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea resident  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Collared Laughingthrush Garrulax yersini resident  2002  present  A1  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Hill evergreen forest (subtropical); Montane broadleaf evergreen forest; Pine forests  50%
Shrubland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
Notes: Permanent and shifting agriculture.
not utilised 50%

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.Eames, J. C. and Nguyen Cu (1994) [A management feasibility study of Thuong Da Nimh and Chu Yang Sin Nature Reserves on the Da Lat plateau, Vietnam]. Hanoi: WWF Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute. In Vietnamese.Eames, J. C. (1995) Endemic birds and protected area development on the Da Lat plateau, Vietnam. Bird Conservation International 5(4): 491-523.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Phuoc Binh. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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