Site description (2004 baseline):

Site location and context
Naduvattam is a forest range under the jurisdiction of the South Division of Nilgiris. It comprises of two areas, namely Mudimunth (1,346 ha) and Naduvattam beats (2,192 ha). It has several pockets of Shola and exotic plantation. This site is located between Mudumalai and Ooty.

Key biodiversity

AVIFAUNA: Not much study has been done, but Loven Pereira (pers. comm. 2003) has seen more than 40 species, including some Western Ghats endemics. The site lies in the Western Ghats (Endemic Bird Area 123), where Stattersfield et al. (1998) have listed 16 restricted range species. Eight of them are found in this IBA. All the five restricted range species associated with Wet Temperate sholas and Subtropical Broadleaf Hill Forest (Stattersfield et al. 1998) are found, which proves that some shola habitat is still available, despite extensive plantation of exotics in the past. The Vulnerable Kashmir Flycatcher Ficedula subrubra is also recorded from this IBA. Naduvattam is located in Biome-10 (Indian Peninsula Tropical Moist Forests: BirdLife International, undated). Fifteen species represent this biome. Only two species, White-cheeked Barbet Pomatorhinus horsfieldii and Indian Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus horsfieldii, have been located till now, but more are likely to be found once detailed studies are conducted.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: Not much information is available.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity

The IBA is quite well protected. No one is allowed without a permit. A Cinchona plantation has been converted into a tea plantation by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Commercialization of native vegetation types (mainly grassland) has, however, severely effected the ecology of this area.

Key contributors: Loven Pereira and Ashfaq Ahmed Zarri.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Naduvattam. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.