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Location China (mainland), Gansu
Central coordinates 103o 15.00' East  38o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 1,600,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,950m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in northern Gansu, with the border of Inner Mongolia to the north. The IBA is generally flat, and the Shijun He river flows throught it. The main habitats are desert and steppe. Several reservoirs (Ximahu, Zihu, Hongya) have been constructed along the river, and there are also several saline wetlands along the river.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: The Liangucheng reserve was established for the conservation of Mongolian Gazelle.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda winter  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Liangucheng Nature Reserve 389,900 protected area contained by site 389,900  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Minqin. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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