Located east of the Altay Mountains on the boundary between China and Mongolia, 260 km south-east of Aletai City and 350 km north-east of Urumqi. The rivers in the IBA are major tributaries of the Ulungur River.
Non-bird biodiversity: Historical records of Saiga tatarica, but now locally extinct. Other nationally protected animals include Gazella subgutturosa, Ovis ammon and Castor fiber.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Burgen River Valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/07/2020.