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Pipar Pheasant Survey

The Pipar pheasant survey is the longest continuous initiative in Nepal. The Pipar Valley is the only known area where five of Nepal's six Himalayan pheasants occur within such a narrow altitude belt. Pipar Valley lies in the southern Annapurna region of central Nepal. It occurs within the boundary of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) in the Kaski District. It is positioned on a steep slope that falls from the Machhapuchhare peak and comprises the northwestern section of Seti River catchments basin. This valley has two most important bird locations i.e. Pipar and Santel which have been regarded as one of the most important bird areas.  The area supports five Himalayan pheasant species (Satyr tragopan Tragopan satyra, Koklass pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha, Himalayan monal Lophophorus impejanus, blood pheasant Ithaginis cruentus and Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos) in an area of 43 km2. Every two years, with support from WPA, these Galliformes were monitored together with current threats to biodiversity. The Galliformes survey will commence in spring (every two years) at 2 sites in Pipar Forests; 1. Pipar Kharka (one listening station) and Pipar Bowl (five listening stations), 2. Pilicho Camp (four listening stations) with the following objectives:

  1. Monitoring the Galliformes population
  2. Surveying birds in the Pipar valley
  3. Recording conservation threats to the pheasant species.