|Central coordinates||88o 45.28' East 28o 1.72' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||4,500 - 7,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Tso Lhamo Plateau, Lashar, Sebu La and Yumesamdong complex is typical cold desert on Tibetan Plateau and trans-Himalyan facies, with high snow mountains and glaciers, lakes and geothermal springs and vast valleys with grasses, sedges, cushionoid vegetation, lichens and associated fauna. In this Reserve Forest on the international border with Tibet (China), heavy military deployment has caused a network of roads on the plateau with military establishment mostly near glacial lakes of Gyam Tsona and Tso Lhamo. The area has a short growing season from May to October with peak in July-August when most of the birds breed. This eco-region has not yet been included in the protected area network of the State and is perhaps the most threatened as it contains many endangered species (protected under Schedules I and II of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, such as the Tibetan Wild Ass or Kiang Equus kiang, Nayan Ovis ammon and Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis. This IBA seeks to link the Tso Lhamo Plateau with the Lashar, Sebu La Yumesamdong section, reaching southwards to touch the Sino-Himalayan Temperate Forests below Yumesamdong and around Thangu in North Sikkim.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||passage||2004||present||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga||winter||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis||breeding||2004||present||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Wood Snipe Gallinago nemoricola||breeding||2004||present||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Broad-billed Warbler Tickellia hodgsoni||-||2004||present||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Giant Babax Babax waddelli||resident||2004||present||-||A2, A3||Near Threatened|
|Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura nipalensis||-||2004||present||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Nature conservation and research|
|Notes: Tourism / recreation|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Tim Inskipp and Usha Lachungpa.
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Ganguli-Lachungpa, U. (2002) Avifauna of Trans-Himalayan and alpine grasslands in Sikkim, India. In: Birds of Wetlands and Grasslands: Proceedings of the Salim Ali Centenary Seminar, 1996 (eds. Rahmani, A. R. and Ugra, G.). Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Pp. 196-207.
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