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Location Nepal, Seti
Central coordinates 81o 7.00' East  29o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 22,500 ha
Altitude 1,250 - 3,300m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bird Conservation Nepal (Partner Designate)



Site description Khaptad National Park lies south of the Himalayan range in far western Nepal in Seti Zone. Khaptad is the only protected area representative of Nepal’s western mid-mountain region (Inskipp 1992). It is an isolated massif with the highest point at 3300m. The top is a rolling plateau of extensive grasslands interspersed with oak/coniferous forests of Quercus semecarpifolia/Abies spectabilis/Rhododendron barbatum/Tsuga dumosa, shrubberies of Rhododendron barbatum and berberis, and boggy areas. The slopes of the massif are thickly vegetated with broadleaved forests of Quercus lanata, Q. floribunda/Q. leucotricophora lower down. Higher up there is a mixed forest of Q. semecarpifolia/Q. floribunda, hemlock Tsuga dumosa, fir Abies pindrow and maple Acer, and on southern and western slopes Q. semecarpifolia/Rhododendron arboreum with some dense bamboo stands. Subtropical forest covers a small area of the park and comprises Chir Pine Pinus roxburghii and broadleaved forest. A small lake, Khaptad Daha, lies on the top at 3050m (Inskipp 1989b).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Satyr Tragopan Tragopan satyra resident  2004  uncommon  A1  Near Threatened 
Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis resident  1989  common  A3  Near Threatened 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  unknown  A1  Critically Endangered 
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus resident  2004  frequent  A1  Critically Endangered 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus winter  2004  rare  A1  Near Threatened 
Solitary Snipe Gallinago solitaria unknown  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Woodpigeon Columba hodgsonii resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Megalaima asiatica resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Not Recognised 
Himalayan Woodpecker Dendrocopos himalayensis resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos breeding  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii breeding  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Gold-billed Magpie Urocissa flavirostris resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Coal Tit Parus ater resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Tit Parus rubidiventris unknown  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crested Tit Parus dichrous resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-capped Tit Cephalopyrus flammiceps unknown  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Striated Prinia Prinia crinigera resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Asian Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata breeding  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-bellied Tesia Tesia cyaniventer breeding  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Bush-warbler Cettia major unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Aberrant Bush-warbler Cettia flavolivacea breeding  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Hume's Bush-warbler Cettia brunnescens breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-sided Bush-warbler Cettia brunnifrons breeding  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris unknown  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Tytler's Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus tytleri passage  2004  frequent  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Warbler Abroscopus schisticeps resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Laughingthrush Garrulax lineatus resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler Pnoepyga albiventer breeding  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Striated Laughingthrush Garrulax striatus resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Laughingthrush Garrulax ocellatus resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Variegated Laughingthrush Garrulax variegatus resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Green Shrike-babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-tailed Minla Minla strigula resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Fulvetta Alcippe vinipectus resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Great Parrotbill Conostoma oemodium resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Tickell's Thrush Turdus unicolor breeding  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Indian Blue Robin Luscinia brunnea breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Redstart Hodgsonius phaenicuroides breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis unknown  2004  present  A3  Vulnerable 
Blue-capped Rock-thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus breeding  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher Muscicapa ruficauda unknown  1989  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor resident  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae breeding  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii resident  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda breeding  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides unknown  1989  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Finch Callacanthis burtoni winter  2004  rare  A2  Least Concern 
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis unknown  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Pink-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus rodochroa unknown  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-winged Rosefinch Carpodacus rodopeplus unknown  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythrocephala resident  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis resident  1989  frequent  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Khaptad National Park 22,500 is identical to site 22,500  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity A total of 21 species of mammals has been reported from Khaptad (Khadka 1996a) including the globally threatened Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus and Asiatic Wild Dog Cuon alpinus.

References Kattel (1981), Inskipp, (1989a,b), Inskipp (1992), Green (1993), Halliday (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khaptad National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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