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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 103o 55.00' East  32o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 44,391 ha
Altitude 1,550 - 4,796m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in the western part of the Longmen Shan mountains, in the transitional area between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with broadleaf evergreen forest below 1,600 m, broadleaf evergreen-deciduous mixed forest at 1,600-1,900 m, coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest at 1,900-2,500 m, coniferous forest at 2,500-3,500 m, and alpine scrub and grassland above 3,500 m.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected plants include Davidia involucrate, Tetracentron sinense and Cathaya argyrophylla. Animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Pygathrix roxellanae, Panthera pardus, Neofelis nebulosa, Ailurus fulgens, Moschus berezovskii and Moschus sifanicus.

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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Xiaozhaizigou Nature Reserve 44,391 is identical to site 44,391  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Xiaozhaizigou Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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