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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 88o 40.00' East  47o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 120,000 ha
Altitude 960 - 3,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located in the central part of the Altay Mountains, on the border between China and Mongolia. The IBA includes the Kara Ertix He river, a tributary of the Ertix River, and Youyi Feng (4,374 m) and Kuytun Shan (4,104 m), which are the highest peaks in the Altay Mountains.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Crane Grus grus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Jintasishandicaoyuan Nature Reserve 9,767 protected area contained by site 9,767  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Ursus arctos and Cervus elaphus, and the fish Hucho spp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Altay forest and steppe. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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