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Location China (mainland), Fujian
Central coordinates 119o 30.00' East  26o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 156,910 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,682m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The Min Jiang estuary is located on the south-eastern coast of Fujian Province. The IBA includes the rural parts of Fuzhou City, Minhou County, Changle City and Sandu’ao. The habitats in the IBA include streams, coastal areas, river basins, hillsides and islands. The estuary is a staging area for migratory and wintering birds.

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  2003  1,000 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana winter  2004  5 individuals  unknown  A1  Endangered 
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea winter  2004  4 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Chinese Crested Tern Thalasseus bernsteini unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi non-breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Changle haibang Nature Reserve 13,000 protected area contained by site 13,000  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Min Jiang Estuary. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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