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Location China (mainland), Shaanxi
Central coordinates 110o 16.00' East  34o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 39,375 ha
Altitude 330 - 378m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located at the confluences of the Huang He, Wei He and Luo He rivers. Following the construction of Sanmenxia Dam, siltation increased greatly in the area, which has resulted in the development of shallow water areas, marshes, beaches and meadows. Many waterbirds winter in the area.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  1980  present  A1  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda winter  1997  30 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis passage  1995  40 individuals  unknown  A1  Endangered 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  2000  111 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sanheshidi Nature Reserve 40,000 is identical to site 39,375  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Weinan Sanhe wetlands. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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