|Location||China (mainland), Gansu|
|Central coordinates||96o 25.00' East 39o 0.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3, A4iii|
|Altitude||1,100 - 5,798m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description Located in the western part of Gansu Province, adjacent to Qinghai Province. The climate of this mountainous IBA is temperate semi-arid, and the habitats range from steppe to semi-desert, but there are also grasslands, scrub and broadleaf forests. The human population is low and mostly relies on herding, with agricultural activities in a few areas. The Qilian Shan and Mazong Shan mountains are important pathways for migratory birds.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus||unknown||2008||rare [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis||unknown||1997||5-6 individuals||unknown||A1||Vulnerable|
|Relict Gull Larus relictus||unknown||1985||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Anxijihanhuangmo||Nature Reserve||800,000||protected area contained by site||800,000|
|Dasuganhu||Nature Reserve||9,640||protected area contained by site||9,640|
|Dunhuang||Nature Reserve||3,441,170||protected area contained by site||3,441,170|
|Xiaosuganhu||Nature Reserve||3,500||protected area contained by site||3,500|
Other biodiversity Many protected mammals are found in this nature reserve, such as Snow Leopard, Lynx, Mongolian Wild Ass, Tibetan Wild Ass, Wild Camel etc.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dunhuang Nature Reserve and Western Qilian Shan mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/03/2014
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