|Central coordinates||93o 48.25' East 25o 31.08' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||1,500 - 2,990m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description The Dzuku Valley with its surrounding hill ranges is one of the biodiversity-rich ecosystems in the northeast region of India. Dzuku valley is an attractive, naturally beautiful area on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, where the Dzuku, a tributary of the Barak river, flows through. The hills are uniformly covered with short and tall bamboo, grasses and other flora. Some of the hillocks have Broadleaf Temperate Forest, providing habitat for Blyth’s Tragopan Tragopan blythii and other birds of tropical forests. Dzuku is famous for the Dzuku Lily Lilium chitrangadae, endemic to the Dzuku Valley. The valley receives tremendous numbers of local tourists during the flowering seasons. The name is derived from the Mao Pukmai language. Dzu means cold or frozen and ku means water. Hence, it is literally called frozen water. During winter, the slow moving river is covered with a thin layer of ice (Ranjan Singh 1995). The Dzuku Valley enjoys a cold temperate climate with a severe winter, and heavy rainfall during the monsoon (Ranjan Singh 1995). Dzuku is contiguous with two other IBAs of Nagaland, Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary, and Pulie Badze- Japfu-Dzuku. Together they constitute about 20,000 ha of Subtropical Forest. The Tenipu peak (Mt. Iso) rises about 2,990 m and is the highest peak in Manipur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Hume's Pheasant Syrmaticus humiae||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Dark-rumped Swift Apus acuticauda||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|Chevron-breasted Babbler Sphenocichla roberti||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Near Threatened|
|Striped Laughingthrush Garrulax virgatus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Brown-capped Laughingthrush Garrulax austeni||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Streak-throated Barwing Actinodura waldeni||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Grey Sibia Heterophasia gracilis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|White-naped Yuhina Yuhina bakeri||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
|Notes: Watershed development|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: W. Rajesh Singh, Salam Rajesh, R. K. Ranjan Singh, Anwaruddin Choudhury and M. Firoz Ahmed.
Ahmed, M. F., Das, A. and Saikia, U. (2003) Survey of the Data Deficient Important Bird Areas of the Northeast India. Aaranyak, Guwahati. Pp. 25.
BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Asia: Project Briefing Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K. (unpublished).
Choudhury, A. U. (2002) Survey of Mrs Hume’s Pheasant in northeastern India. The Rhino Foundation for nature in North East India, Guwahati. Pp 27.
Ranjan Singh, R. K. (1995) Dzuku valley – A biosphere reserve: an environmental appraisal. 8 pp. (unpublished).
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