Kunes forest

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2009)
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Area: 54,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Located on the upper Ili River in the central part of the Tian Shan mountains, 280 km south south-east of Yining City and 250 km south south-west of Urumqi. The Kunes River flows through the IBA, which is relatively moist with an annual rainfall of 751.4-955.6 mm. The IBA is a breeding and staging area for birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Vulpes vulpes, Ovis ammon, Cervus elaphus and Sus scrofa.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kunes forest. Downloaded from on 29/09/2020.