Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Hong Kong

Overview of the Inventory

Two IBAs have been identified in Hong Kong (covering c.6% of the land area of the territory): the "Inner Deep Bay and Shenzhen River catchment area" - a globally important wetland site that supports very large numbers of passage and wintering waterbirds including several threatened species, and the forested area "Tai Po Kau, Shing Mun and Tai Mo Shan" that supported many of the characteristic species of the Sino-Himalayan subtropical forest biome.


  • Land area : 1,091 sq. km
  • Human population: 6,843,000 (6,272 per sq. km)
  • Number of IBAs : 2
  • Total area of IBAs : 65 sq km
  • Status of IBAs : 1 partially protected / 1 protected

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Overview of the inventory

Key habitats and birds

Inner Deey Bay and Shenzhen River Catchment

Tai Po Kau, Shing Mun, Tai Mo Shan

Conservation infrastructure and protected area system

Looking forward

Summary of IBA in Asia (in PDF format, 2.2Mb)

Press release (Hong Kong): 18 Nov 2004

Press release (BirdLife, global): 18 Nov 2004

News reports and relevent news