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Location Nepal, Dhawalagiri,Rapti
Central coordinates 83o 0.00' East  28o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 132,500 ha
Altitude 2,000 - 7,246m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bird Conservation Nepal (Partner Designate)



Site description Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve lies in the Baglung district of Dhawalagiri Himalayan range. It is the only hunting reserve in Nepal and was primarily established to cater for the needs of sport hunting and for the conservation of representatives of temperate, subalpine and alpine ecosystems of west Nepal. This reserve is characterized by alpine, sub-alpine and temperate vegetation. Oaks Quercus lanata and Q. semecarpifolia form well developed stands at the reserve’s lower elevations in more moist and shaded areas. The other common tree species are fir Abies pindrow, birch Betula utilis, spruce Picea smithiana, juniper Juniperus recurva, pine Pinus wallichiana, hemlock Tsuga dumosa, rhododendron Rhododendron spp. and other alpine shrubs. There are flat meadows above the tree line.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichii resident  2004  common  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Snow Partridge Lerwa lerwa unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Satyr Tragopan Tragopan satyra resident  2004  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis resident  1989  present  A3  Near Threatened 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus passage  2004  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Woodpigeon Columba hodgsonii breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Woodpecker Dendrocopos himalayensis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gold-billed Magpie Urocissa flavirostris resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Coal Tit Parus ater resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dark-grey Tit Parus rufonuchalis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Tit Parus rubidiventris resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crested Tit Parus dichrous resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nepal House-martin Delichon nipalense breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-bellied Tesia Tesia cyaniventer unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Aberrant Bush-warbler Cettia flavolivacea unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hume's Bush-warbler Cettia brunnescens unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-sided Bush-warbler Cettia brunnifrons breeding  2004  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Smoky Warbler Phylloscopus fuligiventer unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tickell's Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus affinis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Laughingthrush Garrulax lineatus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler Pnoepyga albiventer unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Striated Laughingthrush Garrulax striatus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Laughingthrush Garrulax ocellatus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Variegated Laughingthrush Garrulax variegatus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Laughingthrush Garrulax affinis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Shrike-babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura nipalensis resident  2004  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Chestnut-tailed Minla Minla strigula resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Fulvetta Alcippe vinipectus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Yuhina Yuhina occipitalis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Great Parrotbill Conostoma oemodium unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Rubythroat Luscinia pectoralis unknown  2004  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Indian Blue Robin Luscinia brunnea breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Bush-robin Tarsiger chrysaeus unknown  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Redstart Hodgsonius phaenicuroides breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher Muscicapa ruficauda unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-streaked Accentor Prunella himalayana unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pink-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus rodochroa unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-winged Rosefinch Carpodacus rodopeplus resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crimson-browed Finch Pinicola subhimachala unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythrocephala resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas melanozanthos unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 132,500 is identical to site 132,500  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity A number of globally threatened mammals occur including Red Panda Ailurus fulgens, Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Snow Leopard Uncia uncia, Himalayan Musk Deer Moschus chrysogaster, Himalayan Tahr Hemitragus jemlahicus, Serow Capricornis sumatraensis and Grey Wolf Canis lupus.

References Lelliott and Yonzon (1980), Lelliott (1981, 1982), Green (1993), Inskipp, C. (1989a), WWF Nepal Program (2000a, b, undated a), Karki (2001), Subedi (2003a,b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2014

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