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Location India, Nagaland
Central coordinates 94o 40.00' East  25o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 1,800 - 2,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Satoi is located the middle of the Naga Hill ranges. It has intact prime forests and deep wooded valleys. This Data Deficient site is perhaps extremely rich in avifauna. It harbours temperate and subtropical broadleaf (evergreen) forests. The temperate forest is found mostly above 2,000 m. So far the only ornithological survey in the area was carried out in June 1996 (Choudhury 1997). The state bird of Nagaland, Blyth’s Tragopan Tragopan blythii, occurs here in good numbers, especially above 2,000 m. This species features in tourist brochures, posters, hotel publicity material, and government offices. In Satoi range, it is less persecuted than in other areas, due to which a good population is still found there.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Mrs Hume's Pheasant Syrmaticus humiae resident  2004  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Grey Sibia Heterophasia gracilis 2004  present  A2  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Jhumming in the lower reaches
forestry -
Notes: Forestry

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Anwarunddin Choudhury, Khekiho Sohe, M. I. Bora and Akato Sema.


BirdLife International (undated) Important Birds (IBA) in Asia: Project Briefing Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K. Unpublished.

Choudhury, A. U. (1996) New elevation record for Black-winged Kite from Nagaland. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 36 (5): 96.

Choudhury, A. U. (1997) New localities for Blyth’s tragopan from Nagaland, India. WPA News 52: 13-15.

Choudhury, A. U. (2001) Some bird records from Nagaland, north-east India. Forktail 17: 91-103.

Choudhury, A. U. (2002) Survey of Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant: NE India. Final Report to OBC, UK Technical Report No. 5 of The Rhino Foundation for Nature NE India, Guwahati.Pp. 30.

Stattersfield, A. J., Crosby, M. J., Long, A. J. and Wege, D. C. (1998) Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series No. 7. BirdLife International, U.K. Pp 846.

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