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Location China (mainland), Guangxi
Central coordinates 109o 0.00' East  25o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 38,000 ha
Altitude 285 - 2,081m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The IBA is in the central part of Rongshui County. It is an elongated area with Yuanbao Shan mountain (2,081 m) in the east and Motian Ling (1,938 m) in the west. The topography is hilly, with deep river valleys. There are some areas of well-preserved natural forest. There are patches of coniferous forest (less than 5%), mainly Tsuga spp. and Abies spp. Areas above 1,700 m are dominated by scrub, short woodland and grassland.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Important plants include Abies yuanbaoshanensis and Taxus chinensis. Animals include Andrias davidianus, Manis pentadactyla, Moschus berezovskii and Macaca assamensis.

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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yuanbaoshanshuiyuanlin Nature Reserve 4,159 protected area contained by site 4,159  


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

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Yuanbao Shan-Gunbei Laoshan. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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