Altay forest and steppe

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 120,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Located in the central part of the Altay Mountains, on the border between China and Mongolia. The IBA includes the Kara Ertix He river, a tributary of the Ertix River, and Youyi Feng (4,374 m) and Kuytun Shan (4,104 m), which are the highest peaks in the Altay Mountains.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Ursus arctos and Cervus elaphus, and the fish Hucho spp.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Altay forest and steppe. Downloaded from on 15/01/2021.