According to the Ethnologue, Tarao is spoken in Heikakpokpi, Leishokching, and Khuringmul Laiminei villages in the Palel area of Chandel district, Manipur, as well as in Sinakeithei village of Ukhrul district, Manipur.
Singh (2011:109) lists the Tarao villages as Tarao Khullen (Tarao Laimanai), Leishok Ching, Khuringmul, and Heikamul in Chandel District, Manipur. There are also about 8 families in Shajkeithel, Ukhrul District. The 2001 census reported a population of 870 Tarao people.
- Tarao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- DeLancey, Scott; Krishna Boro; Linda Konnerth1; Amos Teo. 2015. Tibeto-Burman Languages of the Indo-Myanmar borderland. 31st South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable, 14 May 2015
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tarao Naga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Singh, Ch. Yashawanta. 2011. "Linguistic Ecology of Tarao." In Singh, Shailendra Kumar (ed). Linguistic Ecology of Manipur. Guwahati: EBH Publishers.