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Two restricted-range species are recorded from southern Laos (see map, p. 448), both also ranging into Vietnam: White-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax vassali (also EBAs 143 and 145 and Secondary Area s084) and Grey-faced Tit-babbler Macronous kelleyi (also EBAs 143 and 144 and Secondary Area s084). In Vietnam, G. vassali is found in grassland and scrub on the edge of evergreen forest above c.600 m (Robson et al. 1989, 1993a,b), and in Laos it is known from montane forest on the Bolovens plateau, an isolated upland area, where at least four large flocks were seen at Dong Hua Sao in 1993 (Timmins et al. 1993). M. kelleyi is more widespread in southern Laos, having been recorded in lowland semi-evergreen forest in Dong Hua Sao, Xe Piane and Phou Xang He during surveys in 1992-1993 (Duckworth et al. 1993a,b, Timmins et al. 1993). Dong Hua Sao, Xe Piane and Phou Xang He were officially declared as protected areas in 1993 (Berkmüller et al. 1995).
Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
Threat and conservation
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