Phou Khaokhoay

Country/territory: Laos

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2003)
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Area: 2,480 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 medium not assessed low
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Site description
The IBA is located on the south-western periphery of Phou Khaokhouay National Protected Area, in northern Lao P.D.R. The IBA is situated in the foothills of the Phou Khaokhouay massif, close to Ban Nakhay. The topography of the IBA is dominated by gently sloping sandstone shelves, with patches of thin, sandy soil, supporting stunted dry dipterocarp forest and bamboo scrub. Along streams and by pools, there are also patches of mixed deciduous forest (Evans and Timmins 1998, Ounekham and Hedemark 2002). The IBA is the only site in northern Lao P.D.R. confirmed to support a significant population of Green Peafowl Pavo muticus (Evans and Timmins 1996, Duckworth et al. 1999). The IBA differs from most other IBAs in Lao P.D.R. in that it was identified for a single species in a very localised area.

Key biodiversity
A modest number of key species was found in the IBA, probably due to limitations of time, weather and the relative inexperience of part of the survey team. Further survey effort at Phou Khao Khouay, particularly the area of IBA would increase substantially the total number of birds recorded and find more key species. (Payne et al. 1995)

Non-bird biodiversity: There are no another important fauna or flora known.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Phou Khaokhoay. Downloaded from on 29/06/2022.