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Location China (mainland), Tibet
Central coordinates 91o 40.00' East  29o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3
Area 400 ha
Altitude 3,600 - 5,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in the mountainous region around the Lhasa River. The habitat below 3,900 m is dry river valley scrub, from 3,900-4,500 m there is scrub dominated by Spiraea spp. on sunny slopes and Rhododendron parvifolium on the shaded slopes, from 4,500-4,900 m there is short Cypress spp. in sunny areas and Rhododendron parvifolium and Salix spp. on the shaded slopes, from 4,500-4,900 m there is Rhododendron parvifolium scrub, and from 4,900-5,200 m there is meadow. Above 5,200 m is high-mountain alpine vegetation, with bare rocks above and no glacial development.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Moschus sifanicus.


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shongsep Temple. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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