Jingyu Hu

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2009)
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Area: 27,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Jingyu Hu lake is located where Xinjiang borders Tibet and Qinghai. It is a high-altitude salt lake with an area of 17,000 ha. The lake is fed by snowmelt and glaciers, and the main habitats in the IBA are grassland, marshy meadow, barren rock and saltpans.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Twenty-two 22 mammal species recorded in the area, including Vulpes vulpes, Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Equus kiang, Ovis ammon, Marmota himalayana, Pantholops hodgsoni, and Bos mutus. This area is probably a breeding ground of P. hodgsoni, with over 1,000 seen in 1988.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jingyu Hu. Downloaded from on 02/04/2020.