2,000 (Ebert 1994), decreasing.
Kosi Zone, Dhankuta district, north of the Tamur, between the Dhankuta khola west, and the Tangkhuwa east; Dhankuta municipality and Bhirgau VDC.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, Education Plan, Section 1.1.3), Rai nationality.
Athpare and Belhariya [byw] are very similar, but not mutually intelligible (Bickel 1996).
SOV; postpositions; genitives, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; polar questions marked with a suffix attached to the verb sentence final; noun head final; no noun classes or genders; content q-word in situ; content questions can have the same word order as assertive sentences, or the question word occurs directly before the verb; up to 2 prefixes, up to 9 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; verbal affixation marks person, number, object—obligatory; split ergative; comparatives with Nepali, Bhanda; both tense and aspect; no passives or voice; CV, CVC, CVCC; 24 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes; nontonal
Communities prefer to be called Kirati rather than Kirant. Traditional religion, Christian.