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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.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: The area supports Ursus arctos, Panthra uncia, Equus kiang and Pantholops hodgsoni.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bangong Co. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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