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Location India
Central coordinates 92o 47.40' East  27o 0.60' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 350m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society



Site description Located in the district of Sonitpur, 40 km from Tezpur town in northern Assam, Nameri National Park is also a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. This Park is on the interstate border with Arunachal Pradesh. Relatively better known among the new protected areas of Assam, Nameri was earlier part of Naduar Reserve Forest. The river Jia-Bhareli with its tributaries, the Nameri, Upper Dikorai and Bor Dikorai flow through the Park. The Park is beautiful, with snow-capped Himalayan peaks visible on clear winter days. Nameri is home to a number of globally threatened birds and mammals. For the Endangered White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata, the Park has now the only noteworthy population on the north bank of the Brahmaputra (Choudhury 2000a, 2000b). An added advantage is the presence of Pakke (Pakhui) Wildlife Sanctuary across the border in Arunachal Pradesh, which is about 86,200 ha. For many species, they form a contiguous large wilderness. The terrain in Nameri is gently sloping plain, typical of bhabar and terai. Towards the north, small hilly promontories of the Arunachal Himalaya are seen. Most of Nameri is forested and grassland is found along the rivers. There are a number of pools within the jungle. Nameri National Park can be classified into 8 distinct vegetation types: Moist Evergreen, Moist Semi-evergreen, Deciduous Forest, grassland, scrubland, mixed forests, degraded forests, riverine forest and cultivated land. Moist Semi-evergreen Forest covers about 16,000 ha, followed by grasslands (1,570 ha). The evergreen forest is dominated by Duabanga grandiflora, Mesua ferea and species of Tetrameles, Eugenia and Terminalia.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Chestnut-breasted Partridge Arborophila mandellii 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
White-bellied Heron Ardea insignis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 
Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Critically Endangered 
Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Grey-crowned Prinia Prinia cinereocapilla 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Yellow-vented Warbler Phylloscopus cantator 2004  present [units unknown]  A2  Least Concern 
Marsh Babbler Pellorneum palustre 2004  present [units unknown]  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Rufous-throated Wren-babbler Spelaeornis caudatus 2004  present [units unknown]  A2  Near Threatened 
Slender-billed Babbler Turdoides longirostris 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nameri National Park 20,000 is identical to site 20,000  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
Notes: Forest
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature Conservation
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism / recreation

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Prashanta Saikia, Anwaruddin Choudhury and Kulojyoti Lahkar.

References 

Choudhury, A. U. (2000a) The Birds of Assam. Gibbon Books and WWFIndia NE Region, Guwahati.

Choudhury, A. U. (2000b) Conservation of the White-winged Wood Duck Cairina scutulata in India, pp. 52-64. In Birds of wetlands and grasslands: Proceedings of the Salim Ali Centenary Seminar on Conservation of avifauna of wetlands and grasslands. Eds: Rahmani, A. R. and Ugra, G. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Pp. x+228.

Daniel, J. C. (2002) The Book of Indian Reptiles and Amphibians. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.

Das, R. K. (1995) White-winged Duck in Namery Sanctuary. IWRB TWRG Newsletter 8: 17-18.

Saikia, P. K. and Kakati, M. (1999) Avifaunal Diversity and Habitat Characteristics of Nameri National Park. Report submitted to Oriental Bird Club, U.K. Pp. 57.

Talukdar, B. K. and Das, R. K. (1997) Record of birds of prey in Nameri WLS, Assam. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 37: 50-51.

Talukdar, B. K. (1997) Record of largest flock of Great Cormorant in Nameri Sanctuary, Assam. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 37: 65.

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