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Location India, Arunachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 95o 26.75' East  27o 56.27' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4i
Area 19,000 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description D’Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the border area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the flood plain between the Rivers Siang and Sibya. It is located c. 16 km southeast of Pashighat town. About 80% of the Sanctuary is covered with grassland, and the rest is riverine forest patches with mixed bamboo and secondary forests. Streams and channels intersect the whole Sanctuary. There are small to medium waterbodies in the Sanctuary that provide good nesting sites for birds. The area is generally rich in grassland birds. Divided into three managerial ranges, Anchalghat, Sibiamukh and Barghuli, the Sanctuary has Semi-evergreen Forests, fast flowing river channels and river islands, marshes and extensive grasslands (Barman 1996). The main grass species are Saccharum spontaneum, S. arundinaceum, Neyraudia rennaudiana and sedges such as Cyperus sp., Terminalia myriocarpa, Dillenia indica, Bombax ceiba, Lagerstroemia speciosa and Albizzia are the common trees (Barman 1996).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-winged Duck Asarcornis scutulata resident  2004  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis resident  2004  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  2004  present  A1  Least Concern 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis resident  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis breeding  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Jerdon's Babbler Chrysomma altirostre resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis flavirostris resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
D' Ering Memorial Sanctuary 19,000 is identical to site 19,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland)   -
Forest   -

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Anwaruddin Choudhury, M. Firoz Ahmed, G. Narayan and Kulojyoti Lakhar.


Ali, S. and Ripley, S. D. (1983) Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan: Compact Edition. Oxford University Press, Bombay.

Barman, R. (1996) Birds of D’Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 36: 47-49.

Choudhury, A. U. (1996) Survey of the White-winged Wood Duck and Bengal Florican in Tinsukia district and adjacent areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The Rhino Foundation for Nature in NE India, Guwahati.

Choudhury, A. U. (2002a) Conservation of the Whitewinged Wood Duck Cairina scutulata in India. In: Birds of Wetlands and Grasslands: Proceedings of the Salim Ali Centenary Seminar on Conservation of Avifauna of Wetlands and Grasslands. Eds: Rahmani, A. R. and G. Ugra. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Pp. x 228.

Choudhury, A. U. (2002b) Current Status and Conservation of the Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis in northeast India. Pp. 90-94. In: Birds of Wetlands and Grasslands: Proceedings of the Salim Ali Centenary Seminar on Conservation of Avifauna of Wetlands and Grasslands. Eds: Rahmani, A. R. and G. Ugra. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Pp x 228.

Rahmani, A. R., Narayan, G., Rosalind, L., Sankaran, R. and Ganguli-Lachungpa, U. (1990) Status of the Bengal Florican in India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 88: 349-375.

Singh, P. (1995) Occurrence of Swamp Partridge, Francolinus gularis (Temminck) in Arunachal Pradesh. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 92(3): 419.

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