Nameri – An Important Bird Area (IBA)

Perhaps Nameri is one of few places where on a quiet evening you can see flocks of endangered / threatened hornbills flying towards their roosting grounds. The bird diversity of the park is quite rich and diverse with avifaunal species. So far 374 species have been recorded of which several species belong to globally threatened and near threatened category.

(Whitewinged woodduck in Nameri)

The intensive protection measures enforced by the park management have not only benefited the major predator and prey species but also the avifauna. The small population of White winged wood duck that thrives in this park enjoys a high level of protection. During winter months several rare bird species make their presence felt all along the Jia-bhoreli river. No wonder that Nameri is one of the preferred destination of serious bird watchers who come here looking for some of the rare birds of Assam.

Considering the importance of Nameri in conserving the bird diversity, the Birdlife International has declared Nameri National Park as one the Important Bird Area (IN397) of Assam based on the criteria A1 (Threatened species) and A2 (Endemic Bird Area).

Some of the key bird species of Nameri:

Species

IUCN Category

Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii)

Vulnerable 

White-winged Duck (Cairina scutulata)

Endangered 

Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)

Vulnerable 

White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis)

Critically Endangered 

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

Least Concern 

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

Vulnerable 

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)

Vulnerable 

Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)

Critically Endangered 

Pallas's Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus)

Vulnerable 

Pale-capped Pigeon (Columba punicea)

Vulnerable 

Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis)

Vulnerable 

Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla)

Vulnerable 

Yellow-vented Warbler (Phylloscopus cantator)

Least Concern 

Marsh Babbler (Pellorneum palustre)

Vulnerable 

Rufous-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis caudatus)

Near Threatened 

Slender-billed Babbler (Turdoides longirostris)

Vulnerable 

White-throated Bushchat (Saxicola insignis)

Vulnerable 

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