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Location China (mainland), Guangdong
Central coordinates 113o 5.00' East  25o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 128,924 ha
Altitude 300 - 1,902m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The typical habitat in the Nanling mountains is broadleaf-evergreen forest, including areas of both primary and secondary forests. There are many peaks of over 1,000 m, including the highest mountain in Guangdong Province, Shikengkong at 1,902 m.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected plants include Fokienia hodginsii, Pinus kwangtungensis, Tsuga tckekiangensis, Amentotaxus argotaenia, Taxus chinensis and Pseudotaxus chienii.

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 unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Silver Oriole Oriolus mellianus unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Brown-chested Jungle-flycatcher Rhinomyias brunneatus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nanling Nature Reserve 58,937 protected area contained by site 58,937  

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

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