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Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Blue Rockthrush Monticola solitarius ©Alister Benn Website

Birding Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia, or Neimenggu is the Mongol autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, located in the country's north.

Inner Mongolia borders, from east to west, the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and Gansu, while to the north it borders Mongolia and Russia. It is the third-largest subdivision of China spanning about 1,200,000 km² (463,000 square miles) or 12% of China's land area. It has a population of about 24 million as of 2004. The capital is Hohhot.

The majority of the population in the region are Han Chinese, with a substantial Mongol minority. The official languages are Standard Mandarin and Mongolian, the latter written in the classical alphabet.



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NNR Dalai Lake


Satellite View

…complex of lakes, rivers, marshes, shrubs, grasslands and reed beds typical of wetlands in arid steppes, still retaining near-natural conditions. A staging area in the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Flyway, the site is important for some 284 bird species…

NNR Eerduosi


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A typical Euro-Asian grassland and Asian desert with high ecological fragility, including a large number of permanent freshwater and saline lakes and pools, with islands, and human-made aquaculture ponds. The sites supports some 15,000 breeding Relic gull Larus relictus

NNR Xilinguole


Satellite View

Wildlife in the Reserve reflects the feature of fauna of Mongolian Plateau including 33 mammal species such as Mongolian gazelle, wolf and fox, etc., and 76 species of bird including swans and larks and various insects as well…

NR Ke'erqin


Satellite View

There are 452 species of higher plants and 167 species of birds in the Reserve, among which 34 are protected animals…

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2012 [December] - Paul Holt

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…Mr ZHAO discovered the wintering population of Snowy Owl in this part of Nei Mongol and had seen between three and five Snowy Owls there within the last few days. The best area for them is another two hour drive from Xiqi –and we arrived simply too late to do this justice and opted instead to spend time looking for raptors and passerines closer to town. In the event we later discovered that he’d also seen Snowy Owl at the site he took us this afternoon – but hadn’t seen it there for at least two weeks….

2016 [11 November] - Max Berlijn

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