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Location China (mainland), Liaoning
Central coordinates 125o 0.00' East  40o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 50 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The IBA comprises wetlands along the Yalu Jiang river, including a reservoir formed by a dam at Laguxiao, upstream of the confluence of the Changdian He river and the Yalu Jiang. There is extensive open water which does not freeze in winter, and the area is on the border with North Korea so human disturbance is low. Waterbirds winter in the IBA, and local people have reported that Crested Ibis Nipponia nippon and Crested Shelduck Tadorna cristata were present in the past.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: The wetlands support Soft-shelled Turtle and Northern Salamander. Mammals include Red Fox, Raccoon Dog, Asiatic Black Bear and Chinese River Deer.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri passage  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shuifeng Reservoir and middle reaches of Yalu Jiang. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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