Upstream Section of Beigang River, Nantou County

Country/territory: Taiwan, China

IBA criteria met: A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 12,855 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
Extent of this site: the northern border is the boundary between Nantou County’s Renai Village and Taichung County’s Heping Village; the southern border is the north shore of the Peikang River, the eastern border is the western edge of the upstream of the Peikang River; and the western border is the eastern bank of the Weimin River. This area is mostly comprised of undeveloped virgin forests, from high to low elevations and separated into Kanishi cane Sinobambusa kunishii forests, coniferous forests, and broadleaf forests. Within the site are many water systems centered on Baigou South. Mt., at an elevation of 2,873 m which is the watershed for many of the northwest-to-southeast trending tributaries of the Peikang River, including the Jiuhsian, Bubuer, and Tiebiluen Streams.

Key biodiversity
IBA A2 criterion species: 13 endemic species are commonly seen here: including Mikado Pheasant, White-throated Hill Partridge, Swinhoe’s Pheasant, White-eared Sibia, Steere’s Liocichla, Formosan Yuhina, Formosan Blue Magpie, Taiwan Firecrest, Formosan Barwing, Formosan Yellow Tit, Collared Bush Robin, Formosan Whistling Thrush, and Formosan Laughing Thrush. • In addition to the endemic species, the initial investigations at Tiebiluen Stream recorded 40 species, including the following protected species: Asian Crested Goshawk, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey-faced Woodpecker, White-tailed Blue Robin, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Melodious Laughing Thrush, Rufous Laughing Thrush, Vivid Niltava, Red-headed Tit and Green-backed Tit.

Non-bird biodiversity: • According to interviews, the area is still supposed to harbor the Formosan Black Bear Selenarctos thibetanus formosanus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Upstream Section of Beigang River, Nantou County. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.