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Location China (mainland), Henan
Central coordinates 114o 20.00' East  32o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 199,400 ha
Altitude 60 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description This is a typical wetland of Henan Province with good numbers and diversity of waterbirds. It is located in the hilly area on the western slope of the Dabie Shan mountains, where there are more than 30 scattered reservoirs and much agricultural land. Shishankou Reservoir is the gathering point of the water from the surrounding area, with extensive marshes in the vicinity. The water quality is good, with dense vegetation cover. A survey in December 2001 found c.25,000 waterbirds, including about 10,000 Anas poecilorhyncha and A. platyrhynchos.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid unknown  2008  1-9 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus unknown  2008  1-9 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri unknown  2008  1-9 individuals  unknown  A1  Critically Endangered 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  2008  < 50 individuals  unknown  A1  Least Concern 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana winter  2008  1-9 individuals  unknown  A1  Endangered 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -

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

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