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Location Nepal, Koshi
Central coordinates 87o 10.00' East  26o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 3,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bird Conservation Nepal (Partner Designate)



Site description The Tamur valley lies in far eastern Nepal in Koshi Zone. The Tamur forms a major watershed extending from the confluence with the Koshi River at 100m in the tropical zone (Dhankuta district) to the Tibetan border above 3800m in the alpine zone (Tapleung district). It includes two important forests of Nepal, one at Tinjure Danda and the other at Milke Danda, both of which lie outside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. However, the upper Tamur lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. The Tamur watershed has an extensive area of broadleaved lower temperate forests of Quercus lamellosa, Castanopsis spp. and mixed broadleaved forests. Some of these forest patches, for example those on Milke Danda, are particularly rich in rhododendron species. Higher up there are upper temperate forests of Quercus semecarpifolia, Abies spectabilis and Rhododendron spp., predominantly Rhododendron arboreum, and are “…arguably the largest rhododendron forests in the world” (Milleville, 2002).

Key Biodiversity A total of 260 species, including 215 possible breeding species, has been reported from the Tamur valley watershed. These include the restricted-range species Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Spiny Babbler and Hoary-throated Barwing and the near-threatened Yellow-rumped Honeyguide that are probably resident (Halliday and McKnight 1990). There are large areas of temperate forest that support significant populations of species characteristic of the Sino-Himalayan Temperate Forest biome.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals recorded include Assam Macaque Macaca assasmensis, Hanuman Langur Semnopithecus entellus, Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla, Clouded Leopard Neofelis nebulosa, Leopard Panthera pardus, Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis, Grey Wolf Canis lupus, Yellow-throated Marten Martes flavigula and Indian Muntjac Muntiacus muntjak. Several species of herpetofauna have been reported in the area (Oli et al. 2002).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis unknown  2004  present  A3  Near Threatened 
Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Woodpigeon Columba hodgsonii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Megalaima asiatica unknown  2004  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gold-billed Magpie Urocissa flavirostris unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crested Tit Parus dichrous unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nepal House-martin Delichon nipalense unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-browed Tit Aegithalos iouschistos unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Striated Prinia Prinia crinigera unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Striated Bulbul Pycnonotus striatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Asian Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Warbler Abroscopus schisticeps unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Laughingthrush Garrulax lineatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler Pnoepyga albiventer unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus erythrogenys unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Wren-babbler Spelaeornis caudatus resident  2004  unknown  A2  Near Threatened 
Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spiny Babbler Turdoides nipalensis resident  2004  present  A2  Least Concern 
Striated Laughingthrush Garrulax striatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly Laughingthrush Garrulax subunicolor unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Laughingthrush Garrulax affinis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Shrike-babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura nipalensis resident  2004  present  A2  Least Concern 
Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-tailed Minla Minla strigula unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Fulvetta Alcippe vinipectus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nepal Fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Yuhina Yuhina occipitalis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spiloptera unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Indian Blue Robin Luscinia brunnea unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Bush-robin Tarsiger chrysaeus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Bush-robin Tarsiger indicus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-breasted Bush-robin Tarsiger hyperythrus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-capped Redstart Phoenicurus caeruleocephala unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hodgson's Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-capped Rock-thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsonii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda unknown  2004  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 
Maroon-backed Accentor Prunella immaculata unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Mountain-finch Leucosticte nemoricola unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pink-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus rodochroa unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythrocephala unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gold-naped Finch Pyrrhoplectes epauletta unknown  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2011 high very unfavourable negligible
Habitat
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Forest   0 0 poor (40-69%) moderate (70-90%) very unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kanchanjunga Conservation Area 203,500 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

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

References Inskipp and Inskipp (1986), Inskipp (1989a), Halliday and McKnight (1990), Rai (1998), Milleville (2002), Oli et al. (2002).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tamur valley and watershed. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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