Betung Kerihun

Site description (2003 baseline):

Site location and context
Located at the upstream of Kapuas river, on the boundary of Sarawak (Malaysia) and Indonesia. This area is very important for the watershed of Kapuas, Rajang and Mahakam Rivers. Dayak ethnic used this area for subsistence need. The highest point is Gunung Lawit (1767 m).

Key biodiversity
It is predicted that this area has the same bird composition with G. Batu Liang or Hose mountains in Sarawak. The prediction is confirmed by Raharjaningtrah & Prayogo (1997), although some of species need to be re-assesed, such as : Wallace's Hawk-eagle Spizaetus nanus, Blue-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus nieuwenhuisii, Hook-billed Bulbul Setornis ciringer, Black-browed Babbler Malacocincla perspicillata, Eye-browed Jungle-flycatcher Rhinomyias gularis.

Non-bird biodiversity: Hylobates muelleri, Nasalis larvatus, Pongo pygmeus, Presbytis rubicunda, Helarctos malayanus and Neofelis nebulosa (MacKinnon 1996, Colijn 2000)

Habitat and land use
Lower mountain forest (75%), lowland evergreen forest (25% and upper mountain forest (5%).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Illegal logging, forest conversion, hunting activity, mineral exploration and infrastructure development.

Protected areas
Betung Kerihun Nature Reserve based on SK. No. 118/Kpts-II/1992, and then based on SK. 467/Kpts-II/95, the status is changed to Betung Kerihun National Park (800000 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Betung Kerihun. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.