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Location China (mainland), Gansu
Central coordinates 101o 0.00' East  38o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 4,284,000 ha
Altitude 2,250 - 4,850m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in north-western Gansu. The mountains of the IBA define the border between the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau and the Mongol-Xinjiang Plateau. About 70% of the IBA is grassland and the rest is mainly agricultural land and coniferous forest.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Qilianshan Nature Reserve 2,653,023 protected area contained by site 2,653,023  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Forest   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Eastern Qilian Shan mountains. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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