|Location||India, Jammu & Kashmir|
|Central coordinates||74o 24.00' East 33o 34.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||1,650 - 2,396m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
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.
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.
|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|
|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)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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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