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Location China (mainland), Gansu
Central coordinates 103o 59.00' East  36o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 1,509,624 ha
Altitude 1,300 - 3,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in central Gansu near the capital city of Lanzhou. The Yellow River flows through the centre of the IBA, which has a typical Loess Plateau landscape of river gullies and eroded mountains. Liujiaxia Reservoir was constructed inside the IBA, and much of the area is agricultural land.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri passage  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda winter  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Huanghesanxiashidi Nature Reserve 19,500 protected area contained by site 19,500  
Xinglongshan Nature Reserve 333,001 protected area contained by site 333,001  
Zhulinggou Local Nature Reserve 6,306 protected area contained by site 6,306  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Loess Plateau in western Gansu. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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