|Location||India, Arunachal Pradesh|
|Central coordinates||93o 4.60' East 27o 36.32' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||1,000 - 5,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Chayang Tajo – Khenewa - Lada, a high mountain region of about 2,000 sq. km, in the Eastern Himalaya, in East Kameng district is one of the least known IBAs of Arunachal Pradesh. The less accessible areas still have excellent forest cover. The area is drained by the Kameng river and its tributaries. Owing to its altitudinal variation from 1,000 to 5,000 m, it has faunal and floral elements of the lower, middle and upper Himalayas. In the lower reaches, Tropical to Subtropical Evergreen Forests occur. Further up, Temperate Broadleaf and Coniferous Forests are seen and then the Subalpine and Alpine Forest. The high peaks remain snowcapped for the greater part of the year. There are a few high-altitude lakes. The northern boundary is close to Indo-China border (Tibet). The top canopy trees of Tropical Wet Evergreen and Semi-evergreen are Tetrameles nudiflora (important for nesting of hornbills), Terminalia myriocarpa, Amoora wallichi and Sterculia villosa. Abandoned jhums (shifting cultivation) are covered with various species of grass such as Themeda villosa, Saccharum sp. and Imperata sp.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Chestnut-breasted Partridge Arborophila mandellii||resident||2004||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Ward's Trogon Harpactes wardi||resident||2004||present||-||A2||Near Threatened|
|Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Broad-billed Warbler Tickellia hodgsoni||-||2004||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Ludlow's Fulvetta Alcippe ludlowi||-||2004||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Beautiful Sibia Heterophasia pulchella||-||2004||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Rusty-bellied Shortwing Brachypteryx hyperythra||resident||2004||present||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Suresh Kumar and Anwaruddin Choudhury.
Choudhury, A. U. (2002) Biodiversity survey in the upper areas of East Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh. Final report of phase 1. WWF-India Assam and Arunachal Office, Guwahati. Pp. 12
Kumar, S. and Singh, P. (1999) A Study of Pheasant Distributions in Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Pp.52.
Stattersfield, A. J., Crosby, M. J., Long, A. J. and Wege, D. C. (1998) Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series No. 7. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
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