Ngoc Linh

Country/territory: Vietnam

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2002)
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Area: 29,763 ha

BirdLife International in Vietnam
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2008 medium near favourable medium
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Site description (baseline)
This IBA is centred on Mt Ngoc Linh in Ngoc Linh (Kon Tum) Nature Reserve and Ngoc Linh (Quang Nam) proposed nature reserve. The IBA boundary follows that of Ngoc Linh (Quang Nam) proposed nature reserve as recommended by BirdLife International and FIPI (Tordoff et al., 2000), together with the areas of Ngoc Linh (Kon Tum) Nature Reserve that lie within Muong Hoong and Ngoc Linh communes. Mt Ngoc Linh is situated on the Kon Tum plateau, a mountain isolate, which is separated by relatively long distances from other high altitude areas. Mt Ngoc Linh is the highest point in the Central Highlands.

Key biodiversity
The known global range of one bird species, Golden-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax ngoclinhensis, is confined to Mt Ngoc Linh. As a result of the presence of golden-winged Laughingthrush and three other restricted-range bird species, the site qualifies for inclusion in the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA), the most recently discovered of Vietnam's four EBAs.

Non-bird biodiversity: Three globally threatened primate species were recorded by Tordoff et al. (2000) at Mt Ngoc Linh: Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta, Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctoides and Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus ssp.The following threatened gymnosperm species have been recorded at Mt Ngoc Linh: Pinus dalatensis, Podocarpus neriifolius, Cephalotaxus mannii and Amenotaxus poilanei (Le Trong Trai et al., 1999). The Ngoc Linh massive is the only area in the world known to support Amenotaxus poilanei.The site also supports a population of the recently discovered, endemic mammal species, Truong Son Muntjac Muntiacus truongsonensis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ngoc Linh. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.