Bunning Wildlife Sanctuary

Country/territory: India

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2004)
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Area: 11,580 ha

Bombay Natural History Society
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2003 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description (baseline)
Bunning Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Tamei subdivision in Tamenglong district, and is part of the Barail Range. The Barak river flows near the Sanctuary. Many streams originate from the catchment areas within the Sanctuary and feed the Barak. Tropical Evergreen and Semi-evergreen Forests occur in the Sanctuary. The site is poorly known and should be given priority for a biodiversity survey.

Key biodiversity

AVIFAUNA: Detailed information on avifauna from this sanctuary is lacking. However, some of the biome restricted species are as follows (A. U. Choudhury pers comm. 2003): Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara, Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus tickelli, Goldenthroated Barbet Megalaima franklinii, Blue-throated Barbet M. asiatica, Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis, Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii, Himalayan Treepie Dendrocitta formosae, Whitethroated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus, Grey Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum, and Pale-headed Woodpecker Gecinulus grantia. Among the globally threatened species, the Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis is found (A. U. Choudhury pers. comm. 2003). Another bird of conservation interest is the Grey Sibia Heterophasia gracilis, considered to be a restricted range species by Stattersfield et al. (1998). This IBA is included in the Eastern Himalayas Endemic Bird Area. This part of the Himalaya is particularly rich in restricted range birds, and the genus Sphenocichla is endemic to it. Detailed investigation would reveal many important species.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: The Sanctuary has most of the mammalian elements of the northeast, such as the Tiger Panthera tigris, Asian Elephant Elephas maximus, Gaur Bos frontalis, Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus and Dhole or Wild Dog Cuon alpinus. Among nonhuman primates, Hoolock Gibbon Hylobates hoolock, Assamese Macaque Macaca assamensis, and Capped Langur Trachypithecus pileatus are noteworthy.

Not much is known about the reptiles and amphibians.

Key contributors: Salam Rajesh, W Rajesh Singh, R. K. Ranjan Singh, Anwaruddin Choudhury, M. Firoz Ahmed, Kulojyoti Lahkar.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Bunning Wildlife Sanctuary. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.