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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 102o 7.00' East  28o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 24,293 ha
Altitude 2,600 - 5,299m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The highest peak in the IBA is at 5,299 m, and the lowest point is at 2,600 m. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with subalpine coniferous forest at 2,600-3,800 m, and alpine scrub and grassland above 3,800 m.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Pygathrix roxellanae, Panthera pardus, Cervus albirostris, Macaca mulatta, Ailurus fulgens, Felis lynx, Felis temmincki, Moschus berezovskii, Pseudois nayaur, Ovis ammon, Cervus unicolor 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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yele Nature Reserve 31,938 protected area contains site 18,000  


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

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

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