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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 81o 0.00' East  43o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 75,000 ha
Altitude 550 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located on the middle course of the Ili River, 70 km south-west of Yining City and 530 km west of Urumqi, with the western part of the IBA adjacent to Kazakhstan. The complex topography includes ridges and river valleys. The IBA is a breeding and staging site for birds.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Vulpes vulpes, Cervus elaphus and Sus scrofa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri passage  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1996  90-120 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni 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: Qapqal grassland and wetland. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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