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Location Vietnam, Kon Tum
Central coordinates 108o 20.00' East  14o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 65,077 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,757m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description This IBA comprises the Kon Plong Forest Complex on the Kon Tum plateau in the Central Highlands. The site is located on a montane plateau dissected by a complex of valleys. Mount Ngoc Boc is the highest point at the site. The natural vegetation cover of Kon Plong consists of broadleaf evergreen forest mixed with conifers. More than 75% of the total area of the site has been degraded by human activities, and supports regenerating forest, bamboo forest, grassland and scrub.

Key Biodiversity Kon Plong has relatively high levels of bird endemism, and supports seven restricted-range species, qualifying the site for inclusion within the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA).

Non-bird biodiversity: Eames et al. (2001) recorded four threatened primate species at Kon Plong: Pygmy Loris Nycticebus pygmaeus, Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctoides, Grey-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus cinereus and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle.Three threatened turtle species were recorded at Kon Plong by Eames et al. (2001): Big-headed Turtle Platysternon megacephalum, Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata and Impressed Tortoise Manouria impressa.Eames et al. (2001) recorded the following three threatened gymnosperm species at Kon Plong: Pinus merkusii, Podocarpus neriifolius and Cephalotaxus mannii.Eames et al. (2001) report that Kon Plong supports populations of Truong Son Muntjac Muntiacus truongsonensis and Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatranesis.Kon Plong is also reported to support populations of Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Clouded Leopard Pardofelis nebulosa and Malayan Porcupine Hystrix brachyura (Eames et al., 2001). These species are listed as Vulnerable by IUCN (1996).

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 
Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush Garrulax konkakinhensis resident  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax vassali resident  2001  1 unknown  good  A2  Least Concern 
Golden-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax ngoclinhensis resident  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Hill evergreen forest (subtropical)  65%
Shrubland Secondary scrub  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
Notes: Shifting agriculture.
forestry 30%

Further web sources of information 

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

References Eames, J. C., Kuznetsov, A. N., Monastyrskii, A. L., Nguyen Tien Hiep, Nguyen Quang Truong and Ha Quy Quynh (2001) A preliminary biological assessment of the Kon Plong Forest complex, Kon Tum province, Vietnam. Hanoi: WWF Indochina Programme.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kon Plong. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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