Ili River basin

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA criteria met: A1, A3 (2009)
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Area: 36,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
Located on the upper Ili River, at the confluence of the Kunes River and Tekes River, 70 km south south-east of Yining City and 450 km south south-west of Urumqi. The Kunes River flows through the IBA and joins the Ili River. The IBA is an important breeding and staging site for birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Animals include Vulpes vulpes, Sus scrofa and Cervus elaphus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ili River basin. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.