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Location China (mainland), Guangdong
Central coordinates 113o 54.00' East  23o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 6,666 ha
Altitude 700 - 1,228m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The forests at Nankun Shan are more than 400 years old, and are broadleaf evergreen forest. The habitats in the IBA include primary forest, bamboo plantation, pine forest, agricultural land, scrub, grassland, reservoir and streams. Comprehensive surveys have been initiated in recent years.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Neofelis nebulosa, and there were historical records of Panthera tigris amoyensis and Panthera pardus. Important plants include Fokienia hodginsii, Tsoongiodendron odorum, Bretschneidera sinensis, Aquilaria sinensis and Halesia macgregorii.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Collared Partridge Arborophila gingica resident  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Cabot's Tragopan Tragopan caboti resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha breeding  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nankunshankuoyelin Nature Reserve 6,666 is identical to site 6,666  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Nankun Shan Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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