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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 102o 29.00' East  33o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i
Area 500,000 ha
Altitude 3,275 - 4,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Zoigê marshes have a total area of nearly 1,000,000 ha and extend from northern Sichuan into southern Gansu (where they are included in the two IBAs, Ganligahai-Zecha Nature Reserve [CN165] and Huang He Shouqu Nature Reserve [CN166]). This IBA is located in the west of Zoigê County. It is a mosaic of small lakes, ponds, freshwater marshes, ox-bow lakes and channels, with extensive areas of marshland plants.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Felis manul, Equus kiang, Felis lynx, Lutra lutra, Moschus sifanicus, Pantholops hodgsoni and Pseudois nayaur.

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 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis breeding  2008  500-600 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ruoergaishidi Nature Reserve 166,571 protected area contained by site 166,571  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zoigê (Ruo'ergai) Marshes. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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