Tacheng (Qoqek) area

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA criteria met: A1, A3 (2009)
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Area: 45,000 ha

Site description (2009 baseline)
Located on the southern slopes of the Tarbagatay Mountains, west of the Junggar Basin, 200 km north-west of Karamay City and 500 km from Urumqi. The Emin River flows westward through the IBA into Kazakhstan’s Ozero Alakol, and the flood plain and marshes along the river are breeding and staging habitats for birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected species include Canis lupus, Vulpes vulpes, Mustela eversmanni, Lepus capensis, Saiga tatarica and Ovis ammon.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tacheng (Qoqek) area. Downloaded from on 06/12/2023.