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Location China (mainland), Inner Mongolia
Central coordinates 116o 18.00' East  44o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 1,078,600 ha
Altitude 950 - 1,500m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located in the eastern part of Inner Mongolia Plateau, asnd linked with the lower western part of the Da Hinggan Ling mountains. The main habitat in the IBA is grassland, with sparse woodland and scrub on sand dunes. There are meadows and marshes along the Xilin River and on lake shores.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoides unknown  2008  15,000 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus unknown  1989  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Coot Fulica atra unknown  2008  30,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
White-naped Crane Grus vipio unknown  1993  7,000 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Xilinguolecaoyuan Nature Reserve 1,078,600 is identical to site 1,078,600  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Procapra gutturosa and Marmota spp. are found in this area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Xilin Gol Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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