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Location India, Arunachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 92o 10.00' East  27o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 82,000 ha
Altitude 2,000 - 4,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Mago Thingbu is a high altitude area with characteristic forest types such as Mixed Broadleaf in the lower reaches to Temperate Coniferous Forest in the higher reaches. Most of the area remains permanently covered with snow; the international borders with China to the north and Bhutan to the west demarcate the area. There are large pure stands of Juniper forest, and some high altitude lakes, so winter nesting for birds is possible. There is very little information on the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sclater's Monal Lophophorus sclateri resident  2004  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
White-winged Duck Asarcornis scutulata resident  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis resident  2004  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
White-cheeked Tit Aegithalos leucogenys 2004  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Striped Laughingthrush Garrulax virgatus 2004  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ludlow's Fulvetta Alcippe ludlowi 2004  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Grey Sibia Heterophasia gracilis 2004  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa resident  2004  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 


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

Acknowledgements Key contributor: B. B. Bhatt.


BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Asia: Project briefing book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K., Unpublished.

Dey, B. (2003) Report on survey of unexplored Important Bird Area (IBA) of Arunachal Pradesh. Report submitted to the Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Ludlow, Pp.11.

Ludlow, F. and Kinnear, N. (1937) The birds of Bhutan and adjacent territories of Sikkim and Tibet. Ibis 14(1): 1-46, 249-293, 467-504.

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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Magu Thingbu. Downloaded from on 31/10/2014

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