|Location||China (mainland), Xinjiang|
|Central coordinates||88o 25.00' East 37o 5.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description Aqqik Kol is a large high-altitude salt lake with an area of 36,000-38,000 ha, which is located between the Kunlun Shan and Altun Shan mountains. The lake is fed by snowmelt and glaciers, and there are freshwater streams and marshes in the vicinity.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Aerjinshan||Nature Reserve||4,500,000||protected area contains site||62,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Canis lupus, Vulpes vulpes, Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Equus kiang, Ovis ammon, Marmota himalayana, Pantholops hodgsoni, and Bos mutus.
Conservation response Established as a nature reserve in 1983, and upgraded to a national nature reserve in 1985.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aqqik Kol and alpine grassland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2013
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