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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 85o 50.00' East  38o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3, A4i
Area 85,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,250m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located 400 km west south-west of Korla and 650 km south of Urumqi. The Qarqan River runs through the Qiemo Oasis. The vegetation of the oasis includes Populus euphratica, Phragmites spp. and Tamarix spp. The IBA is a staging and wintering site for migratory birds.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Camelus bactrianus, Vulpes vulpes, Cervus elaphus and Gazella subgutturosa.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo unknown  2008  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Qiemo Oasis and Qarqan River. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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