Yuli Wildlife Refuge

Country/territory: Taiwan, China

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 11,414 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
Extent of this site: located in Zhouhsi of Hualien County, encompasses Forest Compartment 32 to 37 of the YuIi Division, Hualien Forest District Administration Area. It’s about 32 km long driving from Hungyeh Village, WanJung Village, Hualien County, along the Ruisui Forest Road. The entire area is under the administration of Taiwan Forestry Bureau. The site is on the east side of the main backbone of the Central Mountain Range, with slopes in the entire area being steep and precipitous, except the places near mountain ridges which are somewhat flat and smooth. Elevational distribution is extremely broad; low-elevation areas are broadleaf forests, while high areas are mixed coniferous-broadleaf forests. Average annual precipitation is about 3,900 mm.

Key biodiversity
A2 criterion species: 10 endemic species are commonly seen here including: Steere’s Liocichla, White-throated Hill Partridge, Formosan Yuhina, Formosan Bulbul, Taiwan Firecrest, Swinhoe’s Pheasant, Formosan Whistling Thrush, White-eared Sibia, Formosan Blue Magpie, and Mikado Pheasant. • To the present, as many as 53 species have been recorded. In total there are six endangered species, 14 rare species, and 18 other protected species for a total of 38 species.

Non-bird biodiversity: • The Formosan Clouded Leopard Neofelis nebulosa and the Formosan Black Bear Selenarctos thibetanus formosanus are endangered protected species found here. The record of the Formosan Clouded Leopard is based on evidence from National Taiwan Normal University’s Prof. Guangyang Lu and others who spotted tracks of large cats in dry riverbed within the reserve three times, so it was deduced to occur here. • There are seed forests of the Formosan red cypress Chamaecyparis formosensis, Taiwan yew Taxus mairei, and Taiwania Taiwania cryptomerioides.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Yuli Wildlife Refuge. Downloaded from on 06/12/2023.