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Location China (mainland), Jilin
Central coordinates 124o 20.00' East  45o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 50,684 ha
Altitude 126 - 290m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located 30 km south of Da’an City and 5 km west of Changshan Town. Chagan Hu is the tenth largest freshwater lake in China, and is the most important fishery and reed-production area in Jilin Province. During the migration seasons more than 50,000 individual birds are estimated to occur in the IBA.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: The area lies within the historical ranges of Procapra gutturosa, Canis lupus, Vulpes vulpes and Mustela sibirica, but their numbers have declined.

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 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri breeding  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis breeding  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
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)  
Chayuhu Nature Reserve 63,600 protected area contains site 48,040  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Chagan Hu Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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