Dunhuang Nature Reserve and Western Qilian Shan mountains

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
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri CR passage 2003 present A1
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis NT breeding 1997 5-12 individuals A1, A3
Relict Gull Larus relictus VU breeding 1985 present A1
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU passage 2003 present A1
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN breeding 2008 rare A1
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 2003 present A1
Ala Shan Redstart Phoenicurus alaschanicus NT breeding 2003 present A2, A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 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)
Xiaosuganhu Nature Reserve 3,500 protected area contained by site 3,500
Dunhuang Nature Reserve 3,441,170 protected area contained by site 3,441,170
Dasuganhu Nature Reserve 9,640 protected area contained by site 9,640
Anxijihanhuangmo Nature Reserve 800,000 protected area contained by site 800,000

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dunhuang Nature Reserve and Western Qilian Shan mountains. Downloaded from on 26/07/2021.