Huanglongsi Nature Reserve

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
Located 35 km north-east of Songpan County. The highest peak in the IBA is Xuebaoding, at 5,588 m, and the lowest point lies at the eastern edge of the reserve, at 1,700 m. The vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with broadleaf evergreen and deciduous mixed forest (1,800-2,000 m), coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest (2,000-2,300 m), coniferous forest (2,300-3,800 m) and alpine scrub and grassland (above 3,800 m).

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Ailurpoda melanolenca, Ailurus fulgens, Pygathrix roxellanae, Panthera pardus, Neofelis nebulosa, Felis temmincki, Cervus unicolor, Moschus berezovskii and Pseudois nayaur.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Established as a provincial-level nature reserve (55,100 ha) in 1983. The reserve was designated in 1992 as a ‘World Heritage Site’ under the World Heritage Convention, and in 2000 as a ‘Biosphere Reserve’ under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Huanglongsi Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 22/01/2021.