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Location China (mainland), Heilongjiang
Central coordinates 133o 32.00' East  45o 54.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 5,130 ha
Altitude 54 - 59m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Yueya Hu Nature Reserve is located on the lower Song’acha He river, 50 km from Hulin City. The habitats include woodland, grassland, marshes and open water, with more than 30 lakes (average 333 ha, the largest being Yueya Hu). The surface area of the lakes fluctuates according to the water level in the Wusuli Jiang river (River Ussuri).

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Animals include Vulpes vulpes, Selenarctos thibetanus, Cervus elaphus, Mustela sibirica, Ondatra zibethicus and Alces alces.

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 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus breeding  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana breeding  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis passage  2008  present  A1  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yueyahu Nature Reserve 5,133 is identical to site 5,130  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Yueya Hu Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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