Dehra Gali (DKG) forest

Country/territory: India

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2004)
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Area: 1,800 ha

Bombay Natural History Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2003 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
This IBA site on the lower hills of the Pir Panjal Range is located about 32 km northeast of Rajouri town and 190 km from Jammu city. The area falls in the temperate region and experiences heavy snowfall in winter, while summer is moderate.

Key biodiversity

AVIFAUNA: Not much information on the bird life is available but as the habitat is still suitable, it could be an excellent IBA (Shawl 1997). Intisar Suhail (pers. comm. 2003) has seen the Kashmir Flycatcher Ficedula subrubra, a globally Vulnerable species, according to BirdLife International (2001). Another species of special conservation concern is the Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus. The Himalayan or Impeyan Monal Lophophorus impejanus is also found here, perhaps in considerable numbers.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: The area exhibits a rich and diverse faunal composition: Himalayan Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Brown Bear Ursus arctos, Himalayan Musk Deer Moschus chrysogaster, Leopard Panthera pardus, Himalayan Yellow-throated Marten Martes flavigula, Beech Marten Martes foina, Himalayan Weasel Mustela sibirica, Jungle Cat Felis chaus, Jackal Canis aureus, Red Fox Vulpes vulpes, Longtailed Marmot Marmota caudata and Himalayan Mouse Hare Ochotona roylei.

Key contributors: Tahir Shawl and Intesar Suhail..

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dehra Gali (DKG) forest. Downloaded from on 10/12/2022.