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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 104o 3.00' East  32o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 32,297 ha
Altitude 2,400 - 4,980m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located 120 km north-west of Pingwu County, at the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest (2,300-2,600 m), coniferous forest (2,600-3,500 m), alpine scrub and grassland (3,500-4,400 m) and alpine vegetation (4,400-4,900 m).

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Pygathrix roxellanae, Panthera pardus, Neofelis nebulosa, Felis lynx, Felis temmincki, Felis manul, Cervus unicolor, Moschus sifanicus, Moschus berezovskii 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 
Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax sukatschewi resident  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)  
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area World Heritage Site 70,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area World Heritage Site 72,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Wanglang Nature Reserve 32,297 is identical to site 32,297  


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

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Wanglang Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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