|Central coordinates||99o 41.00' East 7o 10.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 2m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description The IBA comprises a relatively uninhabited stretch of the west coastline of peninsular Thailand, from the Palian estuary to the Phak Bara estuary. Along this stretch of coastline, six large rivers discharge into the Andaman Sea. Habitats at the site comprise mangroves, mudflats and a small area of sandy beach. Mangrove species include Bruguiera cylindrica, Rhizophora spp., Avicennia alba, Xylocarpus granatum and X. moluccensis.
Key Biodiversity Palian Lang-ngu is an important site for migratory waterbirds, and is thought to regularly support over 20,000 congregatory waterbirds. At least 90 bird species have been recorded at the site to date, many of which utilise the invertebrate-rich mudflats and mangroves as feeding areas. The only globally threatened species to be recorded at the site is Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus, although it is not thought to regularly occur in significant numbers.
Non-bird biodiversity: No information is available about other globally threatened species at the site
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|2013||high||not assessed||not assessed|
|Agriculture and aquaculture||marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Biological resource use||logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale||happening now||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||slow but significant deterioration||high|
|Natural system modifications||other ecosystem modifications||happening now||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||slow but significant deterioration||high|
|Residential and commercial development||commercial and industrial development||likely in short term (within 4 years)||some of area/population (10-49%)||very rapid to severe deterioration||high|
|Transportation and service corridors||roads and railroads||likely in short term (within 4 years)||some of area/population (10-49%)||very rapid to severe deterioration||high|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
References Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (2000) Report of birds found in Palian Lang-Ngu. Unpublished report. BirdLife International (1998) Proceedings of the Thailand IBA workshop, Bangkok, November 1998. Unpublished report. Office of Environmental Policy and Planning (1999) Directory of internationally important wetlands in Thailand. Bangkok: Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. (In Thai.)
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Palian Lang-ngu. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/05/2015
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