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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 82o 0.00' East  43o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 36,000 ha
Altitude 680 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located on the upper Ili River, at the confluence of the Kunes River and Tekes River, 70 km south south-east of Yining City and 450 km south south-west of Urumqi. The Kunes River flows through the IBA and joins the Ili River. The IBA is an important breeding and staging site for birds.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Animals include Vulpes vulpes, Sus scrofa and Cervus elaphus.

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 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yiningxiaoyebaila Nature Reserve 4,047 protected area contained by site 4,047  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ili River basin. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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