Nam Co

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 1,060,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Located in central Tibet, about 210 km from Lhasa. The south-eastern section of the IBA is mountainous, and the eastern and western sections have open plains near the lake. Nam Co is the largest and highest-altitude lake in Tibet, with an open-water area of 192,000 ha. The islets in the lake are used as breeding habitat by birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The area supports a nationally protected bird, Tetraogallus tibetanus, and nationally protected animals including Ursus arctos, Panthra uncia, Equus kiang and Pantholops hodgsoni.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nam Co. Downloaded from on 02/07/2020.