Middle Section of Coastal Mountain Range

Country/territory: Taiwan, China

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 1,779 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Extent of this site: located in Taitung County’s Chenggong Township, encompasses Forest Compartments 41, 42, and 44 of the Chenggong Division of the Taitung Forest Administrative District. Because the land is not easily accessible, and precipitous mountains render communications inconvenient, there has been little disturbance from the outside. The native vegetation has been completely preserved, and for this reason, it supports an excellent diversity of wildlife habitats. The dominant tree species below 700 m in the low-elevation zone are those typical of tropical rainforests like Machilus spp. and Ficus spp.; above 700 m in the mid- to high-elevation zone, the predominant species in the subtropical forest formation are members of the families Lauraceae and Fagaceae.

Key biodiversity
A2 criterion species: Nine endemic species are commonly seen here: including White-throated Hill Partridge, Formosan Bulbul, Formosan Whistling Thrush, Formosan Blue Magpie, Formosan Yuhina, Steere’s Liocichia, and White-eared Sibia. • In 1992, 51 species in 21 families were recorded here including the protected species: Maroon Oriole, Asian Crested Goshawk, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, Yellow-throated Minivet, Little Forktail and the Melodious Laughing Thrush. • At least 57 species occur here.

Non-bird biodiversity: • There are 13 species of mammals here including the Formosan Serow Capricornis crispus swinhoei. This is the lowest elevation where the Formosan Serow occurs in Taiwan. There are 7 species of amphibians, 7 of reptiles, and 20 of butterflies. • In the virgin low-elevation broadleaf forests there is the protected Betal Tobago Cinnamon Tree Cinnamomum micranthum.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Middle Section of Coastal Mountain Range. Downloaded from on 02/12/2020.