Cool broad-leaved forests grow on moist exposed slopes, up to 2,900 m (9,510 ft.), and above the warm broadleaved forests. They are second only to the subtropical and warm broad-leaved forests in their bird-species richness. The globally threatened Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii) and Blyth’s Tragopan (Tragopan blythii) have been found here. These forests are also the chief habitat and breeding grounds for restricted-range species, including the Ward’s Trogon (Harpactes wardi), Hoary-throated Barwing (Actinodura nipalensis), Brown-throated Fulvetta (Alcippe ludlow), Broad-billed Warbler, and Rufous-throated Wren Babbler.

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