One of the few remaining lowland tropical rainforests in mainland India, Dehing Patkai in Assam's Brahmaputra basin is an important biodiversity hotspot
Northeast India is renowned for its rich biodiversity—unique and rare flora and fauna that are not found anywhere else in the country. There are two Ramsar wetland sites, two UNESCO world heritage sites, five elephant reserves, seven tiger reserves, sixteen national parks and fifty-two wildlife sanctuaries in this part of India. Dehing Patkai National Park is the latest addition to the list.
Situated at the foothills of Patkai Hill Ranges, on the banks of River Dehing, and adjacent to the Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary, this forest is considered one of the few remaining lowland tropical rainforests in mainland India. The actual forest stretches across 500sq.km., including three contiguous patches in Joypur, Upper-Dehing and Dirok.
A flock of pigeons—Green Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula aenea), Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (Treron curvirostra) and Pin-tailed Green-Pigeon (Treron apicauda). Photograph: Suvayu Paul
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