This IBA comprises the Kon Plong Forest Complex on the Kon Tum plateau in the Central Highlands. The site is located on a montane plateau dissected by a complex of valleys. Mount Ngoc Boc is the highest point at the site. The natural vegetation cover of Kon Plong consists of broadleaf evergreen forest mixed with conifers. More than 75% of the total area of the site has been degraded by human activities, and supports regenerating forest, bamboo forest, grassland and scrub.
Kon Plong has relatively high levels of bird endemism, and supports seven restricted-range species, qualifying the site for inclusion within the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA).
Non-bird biodiversity: Eames et al. (2001) recorded four threatened primate species at Kon Plong: Pygmy Loris Nycticebus pygmaeus, Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctoides, Grey-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus cinereus and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle.Three threatened turtle species were recorded at Kon Plong by Eames et al. (2001): Big-headed Turtle Platysternon megacephalum, Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata and Impressed Tortoise Manouria impressa.Eames et al. (2001) recorded the following three threatened gymnosperm species at Kon Plong: Pinus merkusii, Podocarpus neriifolius and Cephalotaxus mannii.Eames et al. (2001) report that Kon Plong supports populations of Truong Son Muntjac Muntiacus truongsonensis and Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatranesis.Kon Plong is also reported to support populations of Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Clouded Leopard Pardofelis nebulosa and Malayan Porcupine Hystrix brachyura (Eames et al., 2001). These species are listed as Vulnerable by IUCN (1996).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kon Plong. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/02/2023.