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Location China (mainland), Tibet
Central coordinates 79o 12.00' East  33o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 560,000 ha
Altitude 4,241 m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located at the north-western tip of Tibet. Bangong Co is an elongated lake of 60,400 ha. The islets in the lake, the largest of which is 100 ha, are important breeding areas for birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity The area supports Ursus arctos, Panthra uncia, Equus kiang and Pantholops hodgsoni.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bangong Co. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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