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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 103o 8.00' East  31o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 200,000 ha
Altitude 1,200 - 6,250m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located on the western edge of the Sichuan Basin, 134 km from Chengdu. The IBA extends 52 km from east to west and 63 km from north to south. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with broadleaf evergreen forest from 1,000-1,600 m, broadleaf evergreen forest at 1,600 m, broadleaf evergreen and deciduous mixed from 1,600-2,000 m, coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest from 2,000-2,600 m, coniferous forest from 2,600-3,600 m, alpine scrub and grassland from 3,600-4,800 m, and alpine vegetation from 4,500-5,000 m.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected plants include Davidia involucrate and Cercidiphyllum japonicum. Animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Pygathrix roxellanae, Panthera pardus, Neofelis nebulosa, Felis lynx, Ailurus fulgens, Cervus albirostris, Pseudois nayaur and Cervus unicolor.

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 
Wood Snipe Gallinago nemoricola breeding  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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains World Heritage Site 924,500 protected area contains site 200,000  
Wolong Nature Reserve 200,000 is identical to site 200,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Grassland   -
Shrubland   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -
Forest   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Wolong Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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