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Location Indonesia, Riau
Central coordinates 100o 25.00' East  2o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 140,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Burung Indonesia (Affiliate)

Site description The area is located close to the coast, between Barumun river and the estuary of Rokan river near Bagansiapiapi.

Key Biodiversity Bird diversity in the area is not yet assessed through intensive study, only some rapid observations by A. Elliot and I. Martinez (look at Holmes 1996). Probability the Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis breed in this site at Daun River. This bird maybe extinct in South-east Asia. The survey also found Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilus javanicus, described as common bird at the estuary of Rokan River, of which the population is under serious threat from hunting.The other survey by van Balen (1991) reported the existence of some important bird species such Storm's Stork Ciconia stormi, Large Green-Pigeon Treron capellei and probably Spotted Wood-owl Strix seluputo which need to reconfirmed.This area is probably important for mangrove specialist bird species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Storm's Stork Ciconia stormi resident  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Large Green-pigeon Treron capellei resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Peat swamp forest (tropical)  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 65%
agriculture 25%
other -

Protection status 60000 ha of this area proposed as Bakau Selat Dumai Wildlife Sanctuary (Anon 1995)

References Anon. 1995. National Conservation Plan forIndonesia (3 A-H). Ministry of Forestry, Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Jakarta.Holmes, D.A. 1996. Sumatra Bird Report. Kukila 8: 9-56.van Balen, S. 1991. An ornithological survey of the Kampar and Rokan rivers and their adjecent forest, Riau, Sumatra. PHPA/AWB Sumatra Wetland Project Report No. 23, Bogor.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hutan Rawa Gambut Barumun-Rokan. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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