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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 83o 0.00' East  46o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 45,000 ha
Altitude 440 - 2,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located on the southern slopes of the Tarbagatay Mountains, west of the Junggar Basin, 200 km north-west of Karamay City and 500 km from Urumqi. The Emin River flows westward through the IBA into Kazakhstan’s Ozero Alakol, and the flood plain and marshes along the river are breeding and staging habitats for birds.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected species include Canis lupus, Vulpes vulpes, Mustela eversmanni, Lepus capensis, Saiga tatarica and Ovis ammon.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2004  2,000 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tacheng (Qoqek) area. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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