Markit-Yarkant Oasis

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni VU breeding 2003 present A1, A3
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU winter 2003 present A1
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 2008 present A4i
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC passage 2003 20,000 individuals A4i
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus LC unknown 2008 present A4i
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN breeding 2003 present A1
Xinjiang Ground-jay Podoces biddulphi NT resident 2000 present A2, A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Markit-Yarkant Oasis. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.