Located in the south-eastern part of the Altay Mountains and in the eastern part of Junggar Basin, on the boundary between China and Mongolia, 300 km north-east of Changji City and 290 km north-east from Urumqi. The IBA is arid and the habitats include dry grassland.
Non-bird biodiversity: Historical records of Camelus ferus and Saiga tatarica, but they are now locally extinct. Other nationally protected animals include Equus hemionus, Ovis ammon and Gazella subgutturosa.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baytik Shan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/08/2019.