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Location India, Jammu & Kashmir
Central coordinates 74o 24.00' East  33o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 1,650 - 2,396m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description This IBA site on the lower hills of the Pir Panjal Range is located about 32 km northeast of Rajouri town and 190 km from Jammu city. The area falls in the temperate region and experiences heavy snowfall in winter, while summer is moderate.

Key Biodiversity 

AVIFAUNA: Not much information on the bird life is available but as the habitat is still suitable, it could be an excellent IBA (Shawl 1997). Intisar Suhail (pers. comm. 2003) has seen the Kashmir Flycatcher Ficedula subrubra, a globally Vulnerable species, according to BirdLife International (2001). Another species of special conservation concern is the Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus. The Himalayan or Impeyan Monal Lophophorus impejanus is also found here, perhaps in considerable numbers.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: The area exhibits a rich and diverse faunal composition: Himalayan Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Brown Bear Ursus arctos, Himalayan Musk Deer Moschus chrysogaster, Leopard Panthera pardus, Himalayan Yellow-throated Marten Martes flavigula, Beech Marten Martes foina, Himalayan Weasel Mustela sibirica, Jungle Cat Felis chaus, Jackal Canis aureus, Red Fox Vulpes vulpes, Longtailed Marmot Marmota caudata and Himalayan Mouse Hare Ochotona roylei.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Kashmir Flycatcher Ficedula subrubra breeding  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2003 high not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
rangeland/pastureland -
Notes: Grazing

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Tahir Shawl and Intesar Suhail..


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

Shawl, T. (1997) Identification of potential wildlife areas for establishing protected area network in Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. Unpublished.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Dehra Gali (DKG) forest. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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