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Location Laos, Attapu
Central coordinates 107o 25.00' East  14o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3
Area 180,220 ha
Altitude 200 - 2,050m
Year of IBA assessment 2003

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)



Site description The IBA is located within Dong Ampham National Protected Area, in southern Lao P.D.R. The topography of the IBA is predominantly hilly, although elevations rise to over 2,000 m asl in the north-east of the IBA, along the international border with Vietnam. The major vegetation types in the IBA are semi-evergreen forest and dry evergreen forest, although there are also patches of secondary vegetation following shifting cultivation (Davidson et al. 1997). The IBA is believed to support a significant population of Black-hooded Laughingthrush Garrulax milleti. In addition, the IBA is thought to support nationally important populations of Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis and Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus tickelli, although the maintenance of contiguous areas of natural habitat outside of the IBA may be essential to the long-term conservation of both species. The IBA also supports a number of globally threatened mammal species, including a gibbon species Hylobates sp. (Davidson et al. 1997).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-vented Barbet Psilopogon lagrandieri resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Green-eared Barbet Psilopogon faiostrictus resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Moustached Barbet Psilopogon incognitus resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Green-legged Partridge Arborophila chloropus resident  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-backed Partridge Arborophila brunneopectus resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-vented Green-pigeon Treron seimundi resident  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 
Austen's Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus austeni resident  2001  frequent  A3  Near Threatened 
Megalaima asiatica resident  2001  rare  A3  Not Recognised 
Pale-headed Woodpecker Gecinulus grantia resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Pitta Pitta cyanea resident  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii resident  2001  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus resident  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-eyed Bulbul Iole propinqua resident  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Wren-babbler Napothera brevicaudata resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-faced Tit-babbler Macronous kelleyi resident  2001  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Black-hooded Laughingthrush Garrulax milleti resident  2001  frequent  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
White-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax vassali resident  2001  frequent  A2  Least Concern 
Alcippe peracensis resident  2001  frequent  A3  Not Recognised 
Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Hainan Blue-flycatcher Cyornis hainanus resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii resident  2001  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata resident  2001  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna resident  2001  common  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dong Ampham National Biodiversity Conservation Area 200,000 protected area contains site 180,222  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Dry evergreen forest (tropical); Semi-evergreen rain forest (tropical)  major
Artificial - terrestrial Abandoned farmland, disturbed ground  -
Shrubland   -

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Davidson et al. (1997) reported that four important species of fauna persist at the IBA site: Sun Bear U. malayanus, Leopard Cat P. bengalensis, Golden Cat C. temminckii, Clouded Leopard P. nebulosa. However, their abundances were not estimated. Also, another four species were reported occur at the area by local people, but no futher confirmed information: Dhole C. alpinus, Asiatic Black Bear U. thibetanus, Leopard P. pardus, Tiger P. tigrisDavidson et al. (1997) reported that two species of primate occur in the IBA: Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Hylobates gabriellae. Also, Bear Macaque was reported to occur in the area but there was no confirmation.More studies are reqired to confirm status of the globally threatened turtle and crocodile species in the area.Davidson et al. (1997) found out that Asian Elephant Elephas maximus and Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis may persist in the IBA area.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Davidson, P., Robichaud, W. G., Tizard, R. J., Vongkhamheng, C. and Wolstencroft, J. (1997) A wildlife and habitat survey of Dong Ampham NBCA and Phou Khathong proposed NBCA, Attapeu province, Lao P.D.R. Vientiane: CPAWM/WCS.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dong Ampham. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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