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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 87o 30.00' East  44o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 80,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Urumqi is the capital city of Xinjiang, and is located on the northern slope of the Tian Shan Mountains, at the foot of Bogda Mountain on the southern edge of the Junggar Basin. The habitats in the IBA include flood plains, marshes, rivers and lakes, which are important staging sites for migratory birds. There are six wetlands of about 40,000 ha scattered between Chaiwobao and Dabancheng in Urumqi, and from Qinggeda Hu to Dongdao Haizi in Wujiaqu City; when more information is available it might be possible to separate these areas into two IBAs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser unknown  2008  750 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Not Recognised 
Great White Egret Ardea alba unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Gazella subgutturosa. The northern part of the area is within the historical ranges of Camelus ferus, Equus hemionus, Gazella subgutturosa and Saiga tatarica.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Desert and wetland from Northern Urumqi to Dabancheng. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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