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Location China (mainland), Jiangsu
Central coordinates 119o 15.00' East  32o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 66,300 ha
Altitude 5 - 7m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Gaoyou Hu is located 40 km north of Yangzhou City and west of Gaoyou City. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal lies to the east of the lake. Gaoyu Hu lake receives water from several rivers and flows into Shaobo Hu. The shallow area of the lake is dominated by reeds, and there are extensive agricultural lands in the adjacent areas.

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  1990  1,100 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri unknown  1990  450 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  1990  3,500 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Least Concern 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus unknown  1990  17 individuals  unknown  A1  Endangered 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus unknown  1991  35 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 

Habitats

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gaoyou Hu. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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