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Location India, Uttaranchal
Central coordinates 80o 3.02' East  30o 15.13' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 20,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The Upper Pindar Valley lies in Bageshwar district of the Kumaon region in Uttaranchal. The Pindar Valley and two of its upper level tributaries, namely Sunderdhunga Gad and Kaphni Gad, constitute a variety of diverse temperate to alpine vegetation communities. The Reserved Forests of Dhakuri block and Sunderdhunga block (3,087 ha) constitute the forested part of this c. 20,000 ha unit IBA. The remaining alpine and snow covered areas have the status of civil forests. The area lies in the Kapkote range of East Almora Forest division. The forests of Khati Van Panchayat (village council), which are contiguous with the aforementioned forest, provide ecological continuity and form important buffers. The Pindari area is top ranking in the timber line zone of Uttaranchal hills, on the basis of botanical richness, uniqueness and endemism (Dhar et al. 1999). A high degree of diversity has been recorded in the composition of forest communities. A number of species are considered sensitive species, due to their small population and narrow distribution range, or on account of the threats to them (Samant et. al 1993). The Pindari is the only nonprotected area which was placed “on priority amongst the areas included in the conservation proposals for Uttaranchal (Rodgers et. at 2000). The area is contiguous with the Nanda Devi National Park (an IBA), the dividing line being a very high, permanently snowbound ridge. Much of the area (northwards of Khati village) is included in the buffer area of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, although the Reserve management has no presence here.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichii resident  2004  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
Notes: Forestry
water management -
Notes: Catchment area of waterbodies

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Dhananjai Mohan, Rashid Raza, Jamal A. Khan, Aisha Sultana and Shah Hussain.


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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 International Series No. 7. BirdLife International, U.K. PP Sultana, A. and Khan, J. A. (2000) Birds of Oak forests in the Kumaon Himalaya, Uttar Pradesh, India. Forktail16: 131-146.

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