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Location Laos, Houaphan,Luangphabang
Central coordinates 103o 17.00' East  20o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 60,070 ha
Altitude 700 - 1,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2003

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)



Site description The IBA is centred on the Phou Louey massif, the most extensively forested part of Phou Louey Protected Area, in northern Lao P.D.R. The massif supports mixed deciduous and semi-evergreen forest on its lower slopes, lower montane evergreen forest between 1,500 and 1,800 m asl and upper montane evergreen forest above 1,800 m asl. There are also some areas of secondary grassland within the IBA, where the forest has been cleared for cultivation. The IBA supports a rich and distinctive montane avifauna, including the globally threatened Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa. In addition, Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis has been recorded, and, given the relatively large area of mature forest, the IBA may support a significant population of this species. Furthermore, the IBA also contains significant stretches of forested streams, which are important for Blyth's Kingfisher Alcedo hercules (Davidson 1998). Finally, Yellow-vented Warbler Phylloscopus cantator, a restricted-range species, is suspected to breed at the IBA. If this were confirmed, the IBA would qualify for inclusion within the Eastern Himalayas Endemic Bird Area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Green-eared Barbet Psilopogon faiostrictus resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Partridge Arborophila rufogularis 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 
Hodgson's Frogmouth Batrachostomus hodgsoni resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Blyth's Kingfisher Alcedo hercules resident  2002  frequent  A3  Near Threatened 
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis resident  2002  frequent  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Megalaima asiatica resident  2002  common  A3  Not Recognised 
Megalaima franklinii resident  2002  common  A3  Not Recognised 
Pale-headed Woodpecker Gecinulus grantia resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Rusty-naped Pitta Pitta oatesi resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos passage  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Oriole Oriolus tenuirostris resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus spilonotus resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Striated Bulbul Pycnonotus striatus resident  2002  common  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  common  A3  Least Concern 
Asian Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-bellied Tesia Tesia olivea resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-cheeked Warbler Seicercus poliogenys resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Chinese Hwamei Garrulax canorus resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-breasted Laughingthrush Garrulax merulinus resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Parrotbill Paradoxornis gularis resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-throated Babbler Pellorneum albiventre resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Red-billed Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Wren-babbler Napothera brevicaudata resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps resident  2002  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectoralis resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax castanotis resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax chinensis resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Laughingthrush Garrulax milnei resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Barwing Actinodura ramsayi resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-tailed Minla Minla strigula resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-throated Fulvetta Alcippe rufogularis resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Indochinese Yuhina Yuhina torqueola resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis guttaticollis resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Parrotbill Paradoxornis verreauxi resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-headed Parrotbill Paradoxornis ruficeps resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa resident  2002  rare  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Dark-sided Thrush Zoothera marginata resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Green Cochoa Cochoa viridis 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 
Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea passage  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsonii passage  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
White-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula monileger resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Hainan Blue-flycatcher Cyornis hainanus resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara resident  2002  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii resident  2002  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata resident  2002  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna resident  2002  common  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas melanozanthos resident  2002  rare  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 is adjacent to site 0  
Phou Loey National Biodiversity Conservation Area 150,000 protected area contains site 60,070  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
rangeland/pastureland -

Other biodiversity Davidson (1998) recorded four species of primate: Slow Loris Nyticebus coucang, Assamese/Rhesus Macaque Macaca assamensis/mulatta, Bear Macaque M. arctoides, White-cheeked Crested Gibbon Hylobates leucogenys. Villagers reported Francois's Langur Semnopithecus francoisi but not confirmed with further substantiating evidence.There were reliable reports from two local villagers, Ban Nampoung and Ban Sakok that four species of turtles present at the IBA area Big-headed Turtle Platysternon megacephalum, Four-eyed Turtle Sacalia quadriocellata, Impressed Tortoise Manouria impressa and Asiatic Softshell Turtle Amyda cartilaginea. However the sites of collecting animals were not confrimed clearly. (Davidson 1998)Davidson (1998) recorded two species of ungulate: Gaur Bos gaurus and Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis. Villagers reported another two species of ungualate also present, but not confirmed by with further substantiating evidence: Indochinese Warty Pig Sus bucculentus and Banteng B. javanicus.

Protection status The Phou Louey Protected Area is directly adjacent to the Nam Et Protected Area and their combined areas totals 338 000 hectares.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Document nameDavidson, P. ed. (1998) A wildlife and habitat survey of Nam Et and Phou Loeuy National Biodiversity Conservation Areas, Houaphan province, Lao PDR. Vientiane: CPAWM/WCS.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Phou Loeuy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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