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Location Sri Lanka, Sabaragamuwa,Southern
Central coordinates 80o 28.00' East  6o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 20,051 ha
Altitude 200 - 1,170m
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 
Ashy-headed Laughingthrush Garrulax cinereifrons resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
White-faced Starling Sturnus albofrontatus resident  2004  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sinharaja Forest Reserve 6,092 protected area contained by site 6,092  
Sinharaja Forest Reserve 3,068 protected area contained by site 3,068  
Sinharaja National Heritage Wilderness Area 9,580 protected area contained by site 9,580  
Sinharaja Forest Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 11,187 protected area contained by site 11,187  
Sinharaja Forest Reserve World Heritage Site 8,864 protected area contained by site 8,864  

Habitats

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Morningside and Handapan Ella Plains (Sinharaja IBA). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014

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