Year of compilation: 2004
AVIFAUNA: The site is important for rainforest birds. More than 100 species have been recorded but more are likely to occur (A. U. Choudhury pers. comm. 2002). The White-winged Duck and Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus tickelli are noteworthy species while there are reports of the Masked Finfoot Heliopais personata from Dum Duma RF (Choudhury 1997). Sino-Himalayan Subtropical Forest species (Biome-8) such as Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica, Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis, White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike Coracina melaschistos and Nepal Fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis are commonly seen. This site has been selected as an IBA as it is one of the most important areas for the long-term protection of the globally Endangered White-winged Duck.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: Leopard Panthera pardus, Hoolock Gibbon Hylobates hoolock, Capped Langur Trachypithecus pileatus, Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta, Pig-tailed Macaque M. nemestrina, Slow Loris Nycticebus coucang, Malayan Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor, Common Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista petaurista, Barking Deer or muntjak Muntiacus muntjak and a small herd of Wild Water Buffalo Bubalus arnee (= bubalis). The Wild Elephant Elephas maximus and Tiger Panthera tigris are no longer found here.
It was proposed that the Dum Duma and Dangori Reserved Forests together be declared as a wildlife sanctuary for the better protection and management of the areas, since both areas are habitats of the White-winged Duck (Choudhury 1996). Kumsong RF has already been encroached upon to a great extent, and there is also illegal tree felling. Sporadic felling is recorded in Dum Duma and Dangori RFs as well. This site urgently needs legal status to prevent further encroachment and curtail poaching. Awareness programmes should be taken up among the villagers, tea garden labourers and management about the importance of these forests for the survival of threatened species.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dum Duma, Dangori and Kumsong Reserve Forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/08/2022.