Qapqal grassland and wetland

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 75,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
Located on the middle course of the Ili River, 70 km south-west of Yining City and 530 km west of Urumqi, with the western part of the IBA adjacent to Kazakhstan. The complex topography includes ridges and river valleys. The IBA is a breeding and staging site for birds.

Key biodiversity

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Qapqal grassland and wetland. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.