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Location India, Arunachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 93o 10.08' East  27o 46.40' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 110,000 ha
Altitude 600 - 7,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This IBA extands from the Nafra locality in West Kameng district to the Lada border post in East Kameng district, in the remote interior areas of Arunachal Pradesh. It is largely montane, and access to most parts is possible only on foot. The IBA is bordered to the north by the snow-covered peaks of the Great Himalayan Range from which the Kameng, a major river of the State originates. Due to its remoteness, the habitat is still intact; and the forests, especially in the interior, are untouched and pristine. Human habitations and jhum (slash-and-burn) cultivation is minimal, and mostly restricted to areas below 1,800 m.

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  Vulnerable 
Chestnut-breasted Partridge Arborophila mandellii resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
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)
Forest   -
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -

Acknowledgements Key contributor: R. Suresh Kumar.


BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Kumar, R. S. (2003) A report on few selected Important Bird Areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Submitted to the IBCN-BNHS, Mumbai. Unpublished.

Kumar, R. S. and Singh, P. (1999) Discovery of a new monal from Arunachal Pradesh. Oriental Bird Club Bull. 30: 35-38.

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: Nafra - Lada area. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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