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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 78o 45.00' East  39o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 50,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 2,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located 240 km east of Kashi City and 850 km south-west of Urumqi. The IBA is at the confluence of the Yarkant and Kaxgar rivers, and includes Xiaohaizhi and Honghaizi reservoirs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos passage  2008  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  2008  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity The area supports the fish Pelochelys bibroni, and animals include Vulpes vulpes, Euchoreutes naso and Dipus sagitta.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bachu Oasis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014

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