Year of compilation: 2004
AVIFAUNA: This large IBA with difficult terrain needs many surveys for a complete assessment of its bird diversity. Four globally Vulnerable species have been recorded so far, the Red-breasted Hill-Partridge Arborophila mandellii, Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa (Singh 1994), Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii and Sclater's Monal Lophophorus sclateri (Kaul et al. 1995). Ward's Trogon Harpactes wardi, a Near Threatened and Restricted Range species, was also recorded in the area (Singh 1994). However, many more globally threatened bird species are likely to occur.
The Common Cranes Grus grus that migrate along the Dibang river (Choudhury 1994) eventually cross Dibang WLS on the way to Tibet (China). Among other noteworthy species recorded are the Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos, Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus and Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Among the major mammals are the Snow Leopard Uncia uncia, Leopard Panthera pardus, Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Red Panda Ailurus fulgens, Musk Deer Moschus moschiferus and Takin Budorcas taxicolor (Choudhury 2003b).
Charaching, including trapping of galliformes, collection of firewood and felling of trees are some of the major issues. In the near future, the massive hydroelectric projects proposed on the Dibang river and its tributaries will be a major issue in the whole Dibang Valley area, as these will have a serious impact on the environment.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/07/2020.