Located in the north-eastern part of Tian’e County and the north-western part of Nandan County, at the southern edge of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. The IBA is part of the Fenghuang mountains, which have a north-south orientation and 21 peaks above 800 m. The entire IBA has a landscape of low to intermediate height mountains.
Non-bird biodiversity: Important plants include Alsophila spinulosa and Tsuga tckekiangensis. Animals include Python molurus, Macaca mulatta, Macaca thibetana, Manis pentadactyla, Viverra zibetha, Selenarctos thibetanus, Felis temmincki and Moschus berezovskii.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sanpihu Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/10/2019.