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Location China (mainland), Heilongjiang
Central coordinates 123o 8.00' East  47o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 43,000 ha
Altitude 140 m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Lianhuanhu lake is located on the lower Nen Jiang river, and extends 60 km from north to south, and 20 km from east to west. Habitats include open water, marshes, meadows, plantations and agricultural areas. About 25,000-45,000 birds (mostly snipe and duck) are hunted in the IBA each year.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Mustela sibirica, Vulpes vulpes, Meles meles, Lepus capensis and Dipus annulatus

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri breeding  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis breeding  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus passage  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lian Huan Hu Nature Reserve 43,000 is identical to site 43,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lianhuanhu Waterbird Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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