Labahe Nature Reserve

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
Located in Tianquan County. The IBA is in a transitional mountain-canyon area between the Sichuan Basin and the Sichuan Plateau. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with broadleaf evergreen forest below 1,600 m, broadleaf evergreen and deciduous mixed forest from 1,600-2,000 m, coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest from 2,000-2,600 m, coniferous forest from 2,600-3,600 m, alpine scrub and grassland from 3,600-4,100 m, and alpine vegetation above 4,100 m.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected plants include Davidia involucrate, Tetracentron sinense and Cercidiphyllum japonicum. Animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Pygathrix roxellanae, Panthera pardus, Neofelis nebulosa, Felis temmincki, Ailurus fulgens, Pseudois nayaur, Moschus berezovskii, Macaca thibetana, Macaca mulatta and Cervus unicolor.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Established as a provincial-level nature reserve (23,400 ha) in 1963. Labahe was designated in 2006 under the World Heritage Convention as part of the ‘Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries World Heritage Site’.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Labahe Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 09/05/2021.