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Location India, Assam
Central coordinates 93o 8.50' East  25o 34.50' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 49,300 ha
Altitude 150 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society



Site description Langting-Mupa is a large forested area in the northern part of North Cachar Hills district in central Assam. The topography of the area varies from undulating plains to low hills, which are part of an Archaean plateau. Judging from topographical and floral criteria, it may be placed in the Eastern Himalayas Endemic Bird Area (Stattersfield et al. 1998). The Diyung, Lungding and Langting are the main rivers. The average elevation of the larger part of this IBA is 150-200 m above msl. Most of the smaller nullahs become dry during winter as the area is in a low rainfall zone (rain shadow area). The forest type is Tropical Moist Deciduous with Tropical Semievergreen along the nullahs. Abandoned jhums (slash-and-burn shifting cultivations) are covered with various grasses. The site has some linkage with three other IBAs, Dhansiri, Lumding-Marat Longri and Barail Range. It is also a part of the Dhansiri-Lungding Elephant Reserve that was notified in 2003.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-winged Duck Asarcornis scutulata resident  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
forestry -
Notes: Forestry

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Anwaruddin Choudhury.

References 

Ali, S. and Ripley, S. D. (1987) Compact Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Second Edition). Oxford University Press, Delhi.

Bhupathy, S. and Choudhury, B. C. (1992) Turtle fauna of Assam. Preliminary report. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun.

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

Choudhury, A. U. (2000) Birds of Assam, Gibbon Books and WWF-India NE Region, Guwahati.

Green, A. (1992) The status and conservation of the White-winged Wood Duck Cairina scutulata. IWRB Spec. Pub. 17, Slimbridge, UK.

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 International, Cambridge. U.K.

Stracey, P. D. (1963) Wildlife in India: its conservation & control. Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Langting-Mupa Reserve Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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