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Location Nepal, Bheri,Lumbini,Rapti
Central coordinates 82o 25.00' East  28o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 150,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bird Conservation Nepal (Partner Designate)



Site description Sal Shorea robusta forest is the main vegetation type found here. Degraded grasslands occur along the Rapti River. Although the exact extent of remaining forest is unknown, the area may still retain a significant portion of Churia hill forests. The Rapti River flows through most of the lower Dang valley beneath the Churia range first on the northern side of the hills and then leaving the hills on the southern side.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  uncommon  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-naped Ibis Pseudibis papillosa unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Falco chicquera unknown  2004  present  A3  Not Recognised 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis resident  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris resident  2004  uncommon  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus resident  2004  rare  A1  Critically Endangered 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus winter  2004  rare  A1  Near Threatened 
White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesa unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-footed Green-pigeon Treron phoenicopterus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sirkeer Malkoha Taccocua leschenaultii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Megalaima asiatica unknown  2004  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dinopium benghalense unknown  2004  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Cuckooshrike Coracina melanoptera unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Minivet Pericrocotus roseus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Oriole Oriolus tenuirostris unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-winged Lark Mirafra assamica unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Indian Short-toed Lark Calandrella raytal unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark Eremopterix griseus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Asian Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-chinned Babbler Stachyris pyrrhops unknown  2004  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Jungle Babbler Turdoides striata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spiloptera unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tickell's Thrush Turdus unicolor unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul unknown  2004  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Robin Cinclidium leucurum unknown  2004  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-capped Rock-thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rara Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,583 protected area contained by site 1,583  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   -
Forest   -
Grassland   -

Other biodiversity These forests are species-poor for mammals because of high hunting pressure and disturbance. Nothing is known about the status of herpetofauna and other vertebrates in this area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dang Deukhuri foothill forests and west Rapti wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2014

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