Mao'er Shan Nature Reserve

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
Mao'er Shan is part of the Nanling mountains. The main ridge in the IBA runs from north-east to south-west, and the highest peak is at 2,142 m, which is also the highest point in southern China. The flora and fauna show vertical zonation. Forest cover in the IBA is about 68%, and agricultural land covers about 4%.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Important plants include Tsuga tckekiangensis and Tsuga longibracteata. Animals include Andrias davidianus, Manis pentadactyla, Macaca thibetana, Moschus berezovskii, Viverra zibetha, Cervus unicolor and Felis temmincki.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Established as a nature reserve (17,009 ha) in 1976, and now a national nature reserve.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mao'er Shan Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023.