Bayanbulak and Kaidu River Valley

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC breeding 1992 3,000 individuals A4i
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC breeding 2008 2,000 individuals A4i
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus VU breeding 2008 2,600-3,100 adults A4i
Common Coot Fulica atra LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo LC breeding 1988 800 individuals A4i
Common Crane Grus grus LC breeding 1992 1,000 individuals A4i
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC unknown 2003 present A4i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC unknown 2003 present A4i
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT unknown 2008 present A4i
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU breeding 2003 present A1
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN breeding 2003 present A1
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN unknown 2008 present A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown 2003 min 20,000 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Xinjiang Tianshan World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 606,833 protected area overlaps with site 104,263
Bayinbuluketiane Nature Reserve 148,689 protected area contains site 136,894


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Grassland -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bayanbulak and Kaidu River Valley. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.