Lower reaches of Tarim River

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 750,000 ha

Site description
Located 100 km south-east of Korla and 300 km south of Urumqi. The Tarim is the longest inland river in China, with a length of 2,300 km. Human activities have caused the lower course of the river to dry up, and the area is suffering from desertification.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: There were historical records of Panthera tigris, but it is now locally extinct. Other animals include Vulpes vulpes, Camelus bactrianus, Cervus elaphus and Gazella subgutturosa. The fish Aspiorhynchus laticeps also occurs.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower reaches of Tarim River. Downloaded from on 01/07/2022.