Country/territory: China (mainland)
IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii (2009)
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Area: 495,200 ha
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.
Non-bird biodiversity: Procapra przewalskii is distributed near to the lake. The fish Gymnocypris przewalskii is an important fishery product from the lake.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qinghai Hu (Koko Nor). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/03/2023.