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Location Laos, Houaphan
Central coordinates 103o 31.00' East  20o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 85,450 ha
Altitude 700 - 1,600m
Year of IBA assessment 2003

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)



Site description The IBA is located inside Nam Et National Protected Area, in northern Lao P.D.R. The IBA comprises the upper Nam Neun catchment and adjacent areas in the south-west of the national protected area. The topography of the IBA is mountainous, and elevations range from 800 to 1,500 m asl. Below 1,000 m asl, the vegetation of the IBA comprises mixed deciduous forest and stands of bamboo. Above 1,000 m asl, the vegetation is dominated by mixed deciduous forest and dry evergreen forest with occasional conifers. Many areas of forest have been degraded, particularly at lower elevations, while forest has been cleared from significant areas in the west of the IBA and replaced by secondary grassland (Davidson 1998). To the west, the IBA is contiguous with Phou Louey IBA (LA003). The site was selected as an IBA primarily on the basis of the presence of a large number of biome-restricted species, a significant proportion of which have recent confirmed records from few other sites in Lao P.D.R., although this may, in part, reflect a relative lack of recent ornithological study of montane habitats in the Northern Highlands. In addition, the Nam Neun and its tributaries support Blyth's Kingfisher Alcedo hercules.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Scaly-breasted Partridge Arborophila chloropus resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-backed Partridge Arborophila brunneopectus resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Bamboo-partridge Bambusicola fytchii resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucos resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Blyth's Kingfisher Alcedo hercules resident  2002  unknown  A3  Near Threatened 
Golden-throated Barbet Megalaima franklinii resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker Dendrocopos atratus resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-naped Pitta Pitta nipalensis resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-naped Pitta Pitta oatesi resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous resident  2002  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-eyed Bulbul Iole propinqua resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Asian Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus passage  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Chinese Hwamei Garrulax canorus resident  2002  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Parrotbill Paradoxornis gularis resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-throated Babbler Pellorneum albiventre resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-streaked Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus gravivox resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Red-billed Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Wren-babbler Napothera brevicaudata resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps resident  2002  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax castanotis resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Laughingthrush Garrulax gularis resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Laughingthrush Garrulax sannio resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Barwing Actinodura ramsayi resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Fulvetta Alcippe rufogularis resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Indochinese Yuhina Yuhina torqueola resident  2002  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis guttaticollis resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Jerdon's Bushchat Saxicola jerdoni resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
White-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula monileger resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nam Et National Biodiversity Conservation Area 150,000 protected area contains site 85,450  
Phou Loey National Biodiversity Conservation Area 150,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -
Grassland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Other biodiversity Davidson (1998) recorded seven species of important fauna in the IBA: either Sundda Pangolin M. javanica or Chinese Pangolin M. pentadactyla, either Asiatic Black Bear U. thibetanus or Sun Bear U. malayanus, Leopard Cat P. bengalensis, Asian Golden Cat C. temminckii, Leopard P. pardus, Tiger P. tigris and Inornate Squirrel C. inornatus.

Protection status Nam Et National Protected Area (1993) 214413 Ha20.483N 103.616EIUCN category IVContains IBA

Further web sources of information 

Site account from Important Bird Areas in Lao P.D.R. (Ounekham and Inthapatha 2003)

References Davidson, P. ed. (1998) A wildlife and habitat survey of Nam Et and Phou Louey National Biodiversity Conservation Areas, Houaphan province, Lao P.D.R. Vientiane: CPAWM/WCS.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nam Et. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2014

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