|Location||China (mainland), Xinjiang|
|Central coordinates||87o 0.00' East 48o 20.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||490 - 3,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description Located in the southern part of the Altay Mountains, near to the Chinese borders with Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, 100 km west of Altay City and 450 km north of Urumqi. The Burqin River is a tributary of the Ertix River, which flows into the Arctic Ocean. There are extensive reedbeds and grasslands along the Burqin River, and it is important for breeding and migratory birds.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Common Merganser Mergus merganser||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo||passage||2008||10,000 individuals||unknown||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Pale-backed Pigeon Columba eversmanni||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Hanasi||Nature Reserve||250,000||protected area overlaps with site||100,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Ursus arctos and Cervus elaphus, and the fish Hucho spp.
Conservation response Established as a nature reserve in 1980, and upgraded to a national nature reserve in 1986 (with an area of 250,000 ha, of which 100,000 ha overlaps with the IBA).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Burqin River and Kanas Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/05/2013
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