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Location China (mainland), Gansu
Central coordinates 104o 45.00' East  32o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 213,750 ha
Altitude 1,500 - 3,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in southern Wenxian County, bordering Sichuan in the south. The IBA mainly comprises high mountains with temperate coniferous and coniferous-broadleaf mixed forests, scrub and grassland. It has a very low human population and agricultural land covers less than 10% of its area. An ornithological survey was conducted by Lanzhou University in 1974-1975, a scientific study was conducted in 1992-1995 with the support of the Ministry of Forestry (State Forestry Administration) and the State Forestry Administration sponsored a study on the feeding behaviour of the Giant Panda in 1998.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: The area supports 28 nationally protected bird species and 28 nationally protected mammal species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Chinese Monal Lophophorus lhuysii resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax sukatschewi resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baishuijiang Nature Reserve 213,750 is identical to site 213,750  
Baishuijiang UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 213,750 is identical to site 213,750  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Baishui Jiang Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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