VN033 Vietnam Bird Watching Ea So

Location Vietnam, Dac Lac
Central coordinates 108o 37.00′ East  12o 56.00′ North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 27,800 ha
Altitude 140 – 1,046m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Site description This IBA comprises Ea So proposed nature reserve, which is situated in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. To the north of the proposed nature reserve lie low mountains and to the south lie lowlands of around 300 m in altitude. Ea So proposed nature reserve supports a range of natural habitat types, including evergreen forest, semi-deciduous forest and deciduous forest. Blocks of forest are interspersed with areas of natural grassland, which is important habitat for large mammals, particularly wild cattle.

Key Biodiversity Two notable bird species that occur at the site are Green Peafowl Pavo muicus and Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea.

Non-bird biodiversity: The proposed nature reserve supports populations of Gaur Bos gaurus and Banteng B. javanicus. Also of particular significance at Ea So is a record of Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata. Five globally threatened primate species are listed by Brickle et al. (1998) as occurring at Ea So: Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta, Long-tailed Macaque Macaca fascicularis, Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctoides, Black-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nigripes and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus resident 2002 present A1 Endangered
Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea resident 2002 present A1 Vulnerable

IBA Monitoring

2008 medium unfavourable medium
Medium – based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops – shifting agriculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals – unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species logging & wood harvesting – unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Forest 27800 27639 100 68 unfavourable
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Ea So Nature Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Moist deciduous forest (tropical); Semi-evergreen rain forest (tropical) 57%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%