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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 84o 20.00' East  42o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 136,894 ha
Altitude 2,300 - 2,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located in the Urdus Basin, in the central Tian Shan, 200 km north-west of Korla and 290 km south-west of Urumqi. This IBA lies within the second largest grassland region in China, with a total area of 23,835 km2. The Kaidu River flows through the IBA and has formed a large area of high-altitude marshland (at 2,300-2,500 m). The IBA is a breeding and staging area for birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  1992  3,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus breeding  2008  2,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
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 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Coot Fulica atra unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  1988  800 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1992  1,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa unknown  2008  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bayinbuluketiane Nature Reserve 148,689 protected area contains site 136,894  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Felis manul, Vulpes vulpes, Panthra uncia, Cervus elaphus, Capra ibex, Ovis ammon and Ursus arctos.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bayanbulak and Kaidu River Valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/09/2014

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