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Location Vietnam, Lam Dong
Central coordinates 108o 25.00' East  11o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 13,000 ha
Altitude 1,400 - 1,812m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description This IBA comprises the forest to the south and west of Tuyen Lam Lake and also includes Cam Ly, which is situated roughly 10km south west of Da Lat town. Tuyen Lam Lake is a reservoir 4 km south-south west of Da Lat; it is a further 5 km to the distant end of the reservoir. The reservoir is surrounded by pine forest Pinus kesiya, interspersed with extensive cleared areas supporting agricultural plots. At the southern end of the reservoir the pine forest is backed by tropical montane evergreen forest, rising from 1,400 m to 1,700 m.

Key Biodiversity Seven restricted range bird species have been recorded at the site: Germain's Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron germaini, Grey-crowned Crocias Crocias langbianis, Yellow-billed Nuthatch Sitta solangiae, Collared Laughingthrush Garrulax yersini, White-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax vassali, Black-hooded Laughingthrush Garrulax milleti and Vietnamese Greenfinch Carduelis monguilloti. With the exception of Germain's Peacock Pheasant, the presence of these species qualifies Tuyen Lam Lake for inclusion within the Da Lat Plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA). The globally Vulnerable Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea also occurs at the site.

Non-bird biodiversity: Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle has been recorded at the site by observation in the field (J. C. Eames, unpublished data).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Germain's Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron germaini resident  2002  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea resident  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax vassali resident  2002  1 unknown  good  A2  Least Concern 
Collared Laughingthrush Garrulax yersini resident  2002  present  A1  Endangered 
Grey-crowned Crocias Crocias langbianis resident  2002  present  A1  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Hill evergreen forest (subtropical); Pine forests  70%
Shrubland Secondary scrub  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
Notes: Shifting agriculture.
not utilised 85%

Further web sources of information 

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

References Dymond, J. N. (1998) Birds in Vietnam in December 1993 and December 1994. Forktail 13: 7-12.Eames and Tordoff (in prep) Recent records and conservation status review of some threatened and near threatened bird species in Vietnam.Hornbuckle, J. (1998) Vietnam Trip Report 24 March to 14 April 1998. Unpublished Report on WorldTwitch Internet Website.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tuyen Lam. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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