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Location China (mainland), Jiangxi
Central coordinates 116o 0.00' East  29o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 464,664 ha
Altitude 12 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Poyang Hu National Nature Reserve is located in northern Jiangxi Province, in the north-western part of Poyang Lake. The nature reserve is located where the Xiu He and Gan Jiang rivers join Poyang Lake, and it includes nine lakes and has a total area of 22,400 ha. In the wet season (April-September) the reserve comprises some 5.65% of the total surface area of the lake. In the wet season all of the smaller lakes are joined to Poyang Lake, while in the dry season there are exposed mudflats with shallower lakes in between.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Swinhoe's Rail Coturnicops exquisitus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Marsh Grassbird Locustella pryeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Poyanghu Whitebait Nature Reserve 2,000 protected area contained by site 2,000  
Poyanghuhebang Nature Reserve 15,533 protected area contained by site 15,533  
Poyanghuhouniao Nature Reserve 22,400 protected area contained by site 22,400  
Poyanghulijiyuchanluanchang Nature Reserve 30,600 protected area contained by site 30,600  
Poyanghunanjishidi Nature Reserve 33,300 protected area contained by site 33,300  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Neophocaena phocaenoides and Hydropotes inermis.

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Poyang Hu wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014

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