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Location China (mainland), Shandong
Central coordinates 119o 0.00' East  37o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 153,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description At the Huang He (Yellow River) estuary, massive volumes of sediment brought down by the river have settled and formed the largest river delta in China and the youngest coast wetland in eastern China. This sedimentary area is a flat plain. Vegetation cover is c.53.7% inside the nature reserve, and the IBA includes the largest area of coastal vegetation in China.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Coot Fulica atra unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Common Crane Grus grus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi breeding  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Huanghesanjiaozhou Nature Reserve 153,000 is identical to site 153,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Artificial wetlands; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats  -
Grassland   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -

Other biodiversity No information.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yellow River Delta Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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