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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 103o 52.00' East  33o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 64,300 ha
Altitude 2,000 - 4,764m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in the south-western part of Jiuzhaigou County. Jiuzhaigou is a mountain valley that extends for more than 40 km, with nine Tibetan villages in the vicinity. The river valley and the slopes are fully covered by dense forest, and there are 118 lakes along the valley. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with temperate coniferous forest (2,000-2,500 m), coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest (2,500-2,800 m), coniferous forest (2,800-3,500 m) and alpine scrub and grassland (above 3,500 m).

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Pygathrix roxellanae, Pseudois nayaur, Panthera pardus, Ailurus fulgens, Moschus berezovskii and Naemorhedus goral.

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 
Sichuan Jay Perisoreus internigrans resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax sukatschewi resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Rusty-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis przewalskii resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Sichuan Treecreeper Certhia tianquanensis resident  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-throated Blue Robin Luscinia obscura breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Rufous-headed Robin Luscinia ruficeps breeding  2008  present  A1  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve 72,000 is identical to site 64,300  
Jiuzhaigou Valley UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 106,090 protected area contains site 64,300  
Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area World Heritage Site 72,000 protected area contains site 64,300  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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