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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 89o 25.00' East  36o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 27,000 ha
Altitude 4,800 - 5,300m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Jingyu Hu lake is located where Xinjiang borders Tibet and Qinghai. It is a high-altitude salt lake with an area of 17,000 ha. The lake is fed by snowmelt and glaciers, and the main habitats in the IBA are grassland, marshy meadow, barren rock and saltpans.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Twenty-two 22 mammal species recorded in the area, including Vulpes vulpes, Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Equus kiang, Ovis ammon, Marmota himalayana, Pantholops hodgsoni, and Bos mutus. This area is probably a breeding ground of P. hodgsoni, with over 1,000 seen in 1988.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aerjinshan Nature Reserve 4,500,000 protected area contains site 27,000  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jingyu Hu. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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