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Location Vietnam, Dac Lac
Central coordinates 107o 43.00' East  13o 7.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 54,563 ha
Altitude 100 - 502m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)

Site description The boundary of the IBA is yet to be precisely defined, but encloses the watershed of the Dak Rue stream and extends from Chu M'Lanh town in the east to the international border with Cambodia in the west. In the south-west of the site there is a complex of low rounded hills, while the rest of the area is mainly flat with scattered hills. The dominant vegetation type at Chu Mulanh is dry dipterocarp forest. The site also supports smaller areas of evergreen or semi-evergreen forest, mainly on hills and along watercourses, and patches of secondary scrub.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus resident  1997-1998  5-37 individuals  medium  A1, A3  Endangered 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  1997-1998  1-10 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
White-rumped Pygmy-falcon Polihierax insignis resident  1997  uncommon  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus non-breeding  1998  4 individuals  poor  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  1998  1 individuals  poor  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yok Don National Park 115,545 protected area contains site 54,563  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Dry deciduous forest (tropical); Semi-evergreen rain forest (tropical)  90%
Shrubland Secondary scrub  10%
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 100%

Other biodiversity Le Xuan Canh et al. (1997) recorded two threatened primate species at Chu M'Lanh: Rhesus/Long-tailed Macaque Macaca mulatta/fascicularis and 'Silvered' Langur Trachypithecus villosus.Le Xuan Canh et al. (1997) recorded two threatened wild cattle species at Chu M'Lanh from prints and signs: Gaur bos gaurus and Banteng bos javanicus.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Le Xuan Canh, Pham Trong Anh, Duckworth, J. W., Vu Ngoc Thanh and Lic Vuthy. (1997) A survey of large mammals in Dak Lak province, Vietnam. Hanoi: WWF Indochina Programme and IUCN.Brickle, N. W., Nguyen Cu, Ha Quy Quynh, Nguyen Thai Tu Cuong and Hoang Van San (1998) The status and distribution of Green Peafowl Pavo muticus in Dak Lak province, Vietnam. Hanoi: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chu M'lanh. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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