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Location China (mainland), Sichuan
Central coordinates 103o 20.00' East  28o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 190,000 ha
Altitude 800 - 4,042m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in the transitional area between the Sichuan Basin and the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, with the highest point Dafengding at 4,042 m. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with broadleaf evergreen forest from 800-1,800 m, broadleaf evergreen and deciduous mixed forest from 1,800-2,200 m, coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest from 2,200-2,500 m, coniferous forest from 2,500 m and 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, Budorcas taxicolor, Moschus berezovskii, Ailurus fulgens, Felis temmincki, Neofelis nebulosa, Macaca mulatta, Macaca thibetana, Panthera pardus, Moschus sifanicus 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 
Sichuan Partridge Arborophila rufipectus resident  1990-1991  20 individuals  unknown  A1  Endangered 
Silver Oriole Oriolus mellianus breeding  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Omei Shan Liocichla Liocichla omeiensis resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Gold-fronted Fulvetta Alcippe variegaticeps resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Grey-hooded Parrotbill Paradoxornis zappeyi resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mabiandafengding Nature Reserve 30,146 protected area contained by site 30,146  
Meigudafengding Nature Reserve 15,950 protected area contained by site 15,950  


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

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

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