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Location Nepal, Gandaki,Lumbini
Central coordinates 83o 54.00' East  27o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bird Conservation Nepal (Partner Designate)

Site description Rampur Valley (=Rampurphant) lies in Palpa district of west-central Nepal. The Kali Gandaki River borders Rampur valley on the northern side. Agricultural land covers about 41.85% of Palpa district area while forest land covers 39.6%. The district is thinly populated. Most of the communities consist of farmers who practice terraced agriculture on the lower slopes; the higher slopes remain vegetated in some form. The IBA has been identified because of its important White-rumped Vulture nesting colony. Vulture nests are spread along the Kali Gandaki River in a 15 km stretch in patches of riverine forests. The most important of the nesting sites is located at Khaireni forest where over 30 nests have been located. The riverine forests growing along the Kali Gandaki River have Silk-Cotton Tree Bombax ceiba, Trewia nudiflora, Acacia catechu and various other tree species. The Silk-Cotton is the main nesting tree in the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis breeding  2003-2004  64-70 nests  good  A1  Critically Endangered 
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus unknown  2004  frequent  A1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gokyo and associated lakes Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 7,770 protected area contains site 3,000  


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

Other biodiversity Golden Jackal Canis aureus, Bengal Fox Vulpes bengalensis, Indian Hare Lepus nigricollis, Bengal Fox Vulpes bengalensis have been seen here.

References Baral and Gautam (2002), Gautam et al. (2003a, b), Baral and Pain (2003), Gautam and Baral (2004), Baral et al. in prep.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rampur valley. Downloaded from on 27/08/2014

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