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.
Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Vulpes vulpes, Ovis ammon, Cervus elaphus and Sus scrofa.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kunes forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/07/2020.