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Location China (mainland), Shaanxi
Central coordinates 108o 54.00' East  33o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 16,418 ha
Altitude 1,300 - 2,802m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in the eastern section of the Qinling mountains, extending across Chang’an, Zhashui and Ningshan counties. The nature reserve was mainly established to protect Takin. Over 80% of the IBA is temperate montane mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest, and this area is an important water source for Xi’an City. It is c.60 km from the other nature reserves in the Qinling mountains.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: About 25 nationally protected species occur here including Leopard, Golden Cat and Takin.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Reeves's Pheasant Syrmaticus reevesii resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Niubeiliang Nature Reserve 16,500 is identical to site 16,418  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Niubeiliang Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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