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Location Sri Lanka, Central
Central coordinates 80o 35.00' East  6o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 28,044 ha
Altitude 100 - 2,120m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (Affiliate)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sri Lanka Woodpigeon Columba torringtoniae resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Green-billed Coucal Centropus chlororhynchos resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Sri Lanka Magpie Urocissa ornata resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
White-faced Starling Sturnus albofrontatus resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Kashmir Flycatcher Ficedula subrubra winter  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bambarabotuwa Forest Reserve 3,416 unknown 0  
Bogawantalawa Forest Reserve 3,798 unknown 0  
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka World Heritage Site 55,012 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Morahela Forest Reserve 872 unknown 0  
Peak Wilderness Forest Reserve 4,400 protected area contained by site 4,400  
Peak Wilderness (Samanala) Sanctuary 22,380 protected area contained by site 22,380  
Walawe Basin Forest Reserve 1,747 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Hill evergreen forest (subtropical); Lowland evergreen rain forest (tropical)  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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