|Location||India, Arunachal Pradesh|
|Central coordinates||94o 30.00' East 28o 30.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||1,300 - 5,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description This large IBA covers the forests and snow-covered peaks of the Great Himalaya in the northern part of Arunachal Pradesh. It is also the easternmost limit of the Great Himalaya in India, and adjoins Namcha Barwa peak of Tibet. The site covers Mechuka, Monigong, Tato and Jorgging, extending to the Siang river near Tuting and Gelling near its 'great bend' where the river enters India. This IBA is a source of many tributaries of the Siang river, including the Siyom. The area is entirely mountainous with a valley at Mechuka, which is excluded from the IBA, as it is inhabited. The vegetation type ranges from Subtropical Broadleaf and Sub-tropical Pine forest on the lower slopes and river gorges, to Sub-alpine forest in the higher reaches. The tops and ridges of the Great Himalaya are covered with subalpine and alpine scrub, while the peaks are barren, and snow-capped for the greater part of the year (Choudhury 2003a). A large part of this IBA is inaccessible, thus ensuring the existence of pristine wilderness to a great extent. This IBA has a long border with Tibet (China). Very few surveys were done in the area. Tuting was also visited by Dr. Sálim Ali (Gee 1964). Singh (1994) made mention of Migging-Pango-Tuting track, while there was a survey for tragopans in Monigong (Dipankar Ghose pers. comm. 2002). A rapid survey under IBCN was carried out in Mechuka-Tato in November 2002 (Choudhury 2003a).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Sclater's Monal Lophophorus sclateri||resident||2004||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii||resident||2004||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||winter||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Streak-throated Barwing Actinodura waldeni||-||2004||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Beautiful Sibia Heterophasia pulchella||-||2004||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Anwaruddin Choudhury, Bikul Goswami, Hakim and Tape Mosing.
Choudhury, A. U. (2003a) Survey of birds in Mechuka-Monigong areas of West Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh. Submitted to the Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.
Choudhury, A. U. (2003b) The Rhino Foundation for nature in NE India, 2002-03. The Rhino Foundation for nature in NE India Newsletter 5: 1-5.
Choudhury, A. U. (2003c) The mammals of Arunachal Pradesh. Regency Publications, New Delhi.
Gee, E. P. (1964) The Wild Life of India. Collins, London.
Singh, P. (1994) Recent bird records from Arunachal Pradesh, India. Forktail 10: 65-104.
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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