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Mae Jarim National Park
100o 47.00' East 18o 20.00' North
300 - 1,652m
Year of IBA assessment
Bird Conservation Society of Thailand
Site description The IBA comprises Mae Jarim proposed national park, which is adjacent to the international border with Lao P.D.R. and adjoins Doi Phu Kha National Park (IBA TH011) to the north and Sri Nan proposed national park (IBA TH008) to the south. The topography of the site is characterised by rolling hills. Higher elevations support hill evergreen forest, which covers c.35% of the total area, while lower slopes support deciduous dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest, which cover c.61% of the site. In addition, some coniferous forest occurs along drier ridges. Several rivers and major streams originate within the site.
Key Biodiversity Mae Jarim proposed national park forms part of a contiguous forest complex, which also includes Mae Jarim Wildlife Sanctuary (IBA TH009) and Sri Nan proposed national park (IBA TH008). Together, these three IBAs support a significant population of the globally threatened Green Peafowl Pavo muticus, estimated at under 100 birds. Within Mae Jarim proposed national park, Green Peafowl has been recorded at two localities. In addition, it is the only site in Thailand with a recent record of the globally threatened Blackthroat Luscinia obscura, a rare winter visitor to the country. Mae Jarim proposed national park also supports populations of two globally near-threatened species: Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis and White-rumped Falcon Polihierax insignis.
The site qualifies under criterion A3 because it supports nine species restricted to the Sino-Himalayan Temperate Forests (Biome 07), 41 species restricted to the Sino-Himalayan Subtropical Forests (Biome 08) and 16 species restricted to the Indo-Malayan Tropical Dry Zone (Biome 11).
Non-bird biodiversity: No information is available about other globally threatened species at the site.
References BirdLife International (1998) Proceedings of the Thailand IBA workshop, Bangkok, November 1998. Unpublished report.
BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. Cambridge, U.K.: BirdLife International
Meckvichai, W. (1999-2001) Biodiversity research plan and management guidelines for the conservation of pheasants in northern Thailand. Unpublished report.
Tontithadapituck, S. (2002) Survey of birds in Mae Jarim National Park, 1999-2002. Unpublished report.
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