Year of compilation: 2004
AVIFAUNA: Although no detailed study on the biodiversity has been done in Konni RF, it is likely to have many Western Ghats endemics, such as the Malabar Grey Hornbill Ocyceros griseus, the Nilgiri Wood- Pigeon Columba elphinstonii, the White-bellied Treepie Dendrocitta leucogastra and the White-cheeked Barbet Megalaima viridis. It also has a good population of Large Pied or Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis. Konni RF falls in Biome-10 (Indian Peninsula Tropical Moist Forest) and should have most of the species found in this Biome. This Reserve Forest has been included in the IBA list mainly because it still has very good forest cover and must be having rich bird life. There is an urgent need to survey and document the bird fauna of this IBA.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Konni RF is rich in wildlife. The Tiger Panthera tigris has been reported from many parts, but mainly in Thora and Attippara areas near Kokkathodu. The Asian Elephant Elephas maximus is mainly seen in Naduvathumuzhi and Konni ranges. Other fauna includes Leopard Panthera pardus, Wild Dog Cuon alpinus, Barking Deer Muntiacus muntjak, Sambar Cervus unicolor, Mouse Deer Moschiola meminna, Sloth Bear Melursus ursinus, Nilgiri Langur Trachypithecus johni, Common Langur Semnopithecus entellus, Small Travancore Flying Squirrel Petinomys fuscocapillus and Indian Giant Squirrel Ratufa indica.
Konni RF has suffered logging for more than 150 years. Facility for water transport and availability of good quality timber have led to over-exploitation, but this has been brought under control in recent years. However, large tracts of former lowland tropical rain forests now consist of teak plantations. Some of these plantations are mature and need to be removed. Once this is done, there would be an opportunity to regenerate back the natural tropical forest.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Konni Reserve Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/01/2021.