Year of compilation: 2004
AVIFAUNA: At least 150 bird species have been listed, but the total diversity may be more than 300 species (A. U. Choudhury pers. comm. 2003). This IBA is known for its rich assemblage of threatened birds including the Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus, Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis, Black-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis flavirostris, Jerdon's Babbler Chrysomma altirostre and Marsh Babbler Pellorneum palustre (A. U. Choudhury pers. comm. 2003), White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata (Choudhury 1996) and the Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis (Choudhury 1998). The first record of the Spot-bill Pelican Pelecanus philippensis in Arunachal Pradesh was from the northern edge of this IBA (not far from Mehao IBA) (Choudhury 2000). This is also an important staging area for migratory birds and a new migration route of the Common Crane Grus grus was discovered here (Choudhury 1994).
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Among the major mammals are the Tiger Panthera tigris, Asian Elephant Elephas maximus, Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee (=bubalis) and Hog Deer Axis porcinus (Choudhury 2003).
The major issue is encroachment and dereservation for human settlement. As more and more people are looking for flat land, there is tremendous pressure on the area. Charaching, grazing of cattle and buffalos, collection of thatching and felling of trees are other major issues. The site was recommended as a protected area to be named the Dibang River National Park (Choudhury, 1996).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Dibang Reserve Forest and adjacent areas. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/18038 on 08/06/2023.