|Central coordinates||77o 34.00' East 12o 58.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description This IBA site is composed of a series of spectacular domed outcrops bordering the plateau on which Bangalore is located, with typical tropical dry deciduous forest and thorn scrub vegetation dominating the landscape, along with areas of millet cultivations including Finger Millet and sorghum, coconut plantations and Eucalyptus jungles.
AVIFAUNA: The bird life is similar to that encountered in any scrub forest with a good, scattered population of the restricted range peninsular endemic, Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus. Two species of the Critically Endangered Gyps vultures have been recorded from here. This site could be very important for the Yellow-throated Bulbul, a Vulnerable species, according to BirdLife International (2001). Therefore, we are including it in IBA list. We need more information about the general bird life and also about the abundance and distribution of Yellow-throated Bulbul. In drier parts of Karnataka, wherever boulder-strewn scrub forests survive, this bulbul is found. We need to find out the areas that have significant populations. Ramanagara Reserve Forest could be one of them, but we need more information.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Large mammals found in the IBA include Leopard Panthera pardus, Sloth Bear Melursus ursinus, Wild boar Sus Scrofa, Bonnet Macaque Macoca radiata, Golden Jackal Canis aureus, Jungle Cat Felis chaus and Black-naped Hare Lepus nigricollis.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Indian Vulture Gyps indicus||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus||resident||2004||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Key contributor: S. Subramanya.
BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
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