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Location India, Arunachal Pradesh
Central coordinates 92o 22.63' East  27o 42.47' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 2,000 - 5,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This is another remote mountainous area at the trijunction of India, Bhutan and China (Tibet). Much of its border is under the control of the Army. Owing to altitudinal variation from 2,000 to >5,000 m, the forest cover varies from Temperate Conifer and Broadleaf to Subalpine and Alpine Scrub. It also has high altitudes lakes, good sites for breeding waterfowl of which Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea has been confirmed (A. U. Choudhury pers. comm. 2003).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Ward's Trogon Harpactes wardi resident  2004  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Broad-tailed Grassbird Schoenicola platyurus resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Blackish-breasted Babbler Sphenocichla humei resident  2004  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Rufous-throated Wren-babbler Spelaeornis caudatus resident  2004  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura nipalensis 2004  present  A2  Least Concern 
Ludlow's Fulvetta Alcippe ludlowi 2004  present  A2  Least Concern 
White-naped Yuhina Yuhina bakeri 2004  present  A2  Least Concern 
Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 


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

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Bharat Bhushan Bhatt, Anwaruddin Choudhury and Bablu Dey.


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 BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K., Unpublished.

Choudhury, A. U. (2000) The Black-necked Crane in Arunachal Pradesh. The Twilight 2(2 & 3): 31-32.

Choudhury, A. U. (2001) Survey of Birds in Sangti-Shergaon-Kalaktang areas of West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh. Report submitted to Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Pp. 27.

Singh, P. (1999) Bird Survey in Selected Localities of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Pp. 92.

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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