Importance, threats and conservation status
Wetlands International, 2002
ISBN 90 5882 009 2
4. Shorebirds occuring in internationally important numbers at Yellow Sea sites (continued)
4.4 Species accounts (continued)
Distribution in the EAAF
Breeding: Probably New Siberian Is.
Non-breeding: Open sandy beaches in e. and se. China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, se. Asia and Australia.
Usage and importance of Yellow Sea
Occurrence: Intertidal areas. NM and SM Widespread, but generally only in small numbers except for a few favoured areas. NB At Yancheng NNR; small numbers in South Korea. Numbers are probably underestimated, as this species is relatively easy to miss amongst other small shorebirds.
Movements: NM and SM Appears to migrate on a broad front, as the species is common in Japan (NM: 3 206 max; SM: 4 401 max.). Birds from se. Australia occur in both China and South Korea.
Significance of Yellow Sea: There is insufficient information to allow an estimate to be made of numbers occurring in China.
Key sites: 3 sites of international importance have been identified, 2 in South Korea and 1 in China; 1 of the sites is important during NM, all 3 during SM and 1 during the NB season (see site location maps below). Yancheng NNR is a particularly important site supporting >10% of the estimated flyway population during NM and >5% in the NB season.
Status of key sites: The Chinese site is in a Protected Area.
Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal coverage in China. No information from North Korea.
Site count references
- Wang 1997
- Yi & Kim in prep.
EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 22 000
Status: Passage migrant and non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: 250.
SM: South Korea: 540.
NB: South Korea: 30.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
South Korea: 2 (0)
China: 1 (1)
|1||Nakdong Gang Hagu||South Korea||533||2|
|3||Geum Gang Hagu||South Korea||300||2|
|1||Yancheng NNR (NM)||China||3 095||1|
|1||Yancheng NNR (NB)||China||1 102||1|