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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 93o 30.00' East  42o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 28,000 ha
Altitude 300 - 2,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Hami is on the southern slopes of the Tian Shan mountains, 500 km east of Urumqi. The IBA has a hot and dry climate, and the habitats include mountains, desert, wetlands and oases.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: There were records of Panthera tigris, Ursus arctos and Camelus ferus until the Qing Dynasty. Nationally protected animals that survive in the area include Equus hemionus and Gazella subgutturosa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Oasis and Desert in Hami. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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