Rawa Tapus

Year of compilation: 2003

Site description (baseline)
Swamp area in Rawa Tapus stretched to coast of Southern part of NAD.

Key biodiversity
The important species in this area is White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata. This bird was not found in 1991 (Giesen & van Balen 1992).Follow-up survey on July-August 1999 in 12 locations in this area did not get a visual contact. Secondary information from local people says that three mounths before the survey the White-winged Duck was seen and a pair were flying for feeding (Wibowo 1999).

Non-bird biodiversity: Other biodiversity include Macaca fascicularis, Macaca nemestrina, Presbytis cristata, Presbytis melalophos, Amyda catilagenia and Pyton reticulatus (Giesen and van Balen 1992, Wibowo et al. 1999)

Habitat and land use
Peat swamp forest (10%), permanent freshwater swamps (80%) and secondary bushes (10%). Dry area surrounded by settlements (Giesen & van Balen 1992, Wibowo & Suyatno 1998).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Logging, clearence of forest for transmigration, oil palm plantation and shifting agriculture (Giesen and van Balen 1992, Anon 1995, Wibowo et al. 1999)

Protected areas
8000 ha of this area is recomended as Lau Tapus nature reserve (Cagar Alam Lau Tapus) (FAO 1982, Anon 1995)

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rawa Tapus. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.