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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 77o 30.00' East  38o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i
Area 240,000 ha
Altitude 1,150 - 1,250m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located 160 km south-east of Kashi (Kaxgar) City and 1,050 km south-west of Urumqi. The IBA is on the lower Yarkant River, in a densely-populated agricultural area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A4i  Least Concern 
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  2008  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A4i  Least Concern 
Pale-backed Pigeon Columba eversmanni unknown  2008  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Animals include Vulpes vulpes, Gazella subgutturosa, Euchoreutes naso and Dipus sagitta.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Markit-Yarkant Oasis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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