Qinghai Hu (Koko Nor)

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii (2009)
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Area: 495,200 ha

Site description
Qinghai Hu is the largest saline lake in China. The five islands in the lake provided breeding habitats for waterbirds. More than 50 freshwater streams and marshes around the lake are used as feeding and resting areas by birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Procapra przewalskii is distributed near to the lake. The fish Gymnocypris przewalskii is an important fishery product from the lake.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qinghai Hu (Koko Nor). Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.