Zhalong Nature Reserve

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2009)
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Area: 210,000 ha

Site description
Zhalong is located on the lower Wuyur He river, a tributary of the Nen Jiang river, 44 km from Qiqihar. The main habitat is marshland, and there are 228 pools and large areas of reedbed (80% of the total area). The open water is used by swimming birds, while the marshes are used by waders. The most serious threat to the nature reserve is over-exploitation of water resources for agriculture and oil mining.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Most of the plants in the area are herbaceous.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zhalong Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.