Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2009)
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Area: 19,500 ha

Site description
Located on the southern slopes of the central Himalayas, at the southern tip of Nyalam County, with Nepal to the south. The IBA has high mountains and deep valleys. The dense vegetation shows prominent vertical zonation, with broadleaf evergreen forest (1,600-2,500 m), coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest (2,500-3,100 m), alpine coniferous forest (3,100-4,000 m) and alpine scrub (4,000-4,500 m).

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Presbytis entellus (a primate endemic to the Himalayas), Ursus arctos, Selenarctos thibetanus, Ailurus fulgens, Moschus chrysogaster and Capricornis sumatraensis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zham. Downloaded from on 16/08/2022.