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Location China (mainland), Xinjiang
Central coordinates 79o 56.00' East  35o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 495,200 ha
Altitude 4,963 - 6,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located at the north-western tip of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, near to the Chinese borders with India and Pakistan. Aksayqin Hu is a large salt lake between the Kunlun Shan and Karakorum Shan mountains, with an area of 10,500 ha, which is fed by snowmelt and glaciers. The habitats in the IBA include grassland and salt desert around the lake shores.

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 unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Animals include Canis lupus, Vulpes vulpes, Panthra uncia, Pantholops hodgsoni, Ursus arctos, Marmota himalayana, Ovis ammon, Equus kiang and Bos mutus.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aksayqin Hu and alpine grassland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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