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Three ecological units may be distinguished within Bhutan: High - altitude, temperate, and tropical. Snow leopard, blue sheep, red panda, tiger, takin, marmot, and musk deer are some of the species found in the high altitudes.

Temperate zone fauna include tiger, leopard, goral, serow, gray langur, macaques, Himalayan black bear, red panda, squirrels, sambar, wild pig, and barking deer. The tropical forests in the south have tiger, clouded leopard, elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, water buffalo, golden langur, Asiatic golden cat, gaur, swamp deer, hog deer, pygmy hog, hispid hare, piliated langur, sloth bear, and hornbills.

770 bird species in Bhutan have been recorded and much still remain unknown. Indo-Malayan and Pale arctic elements are among those that have been recorded. Approximately 73 percent are resident.

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