Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea
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: Yakutia, w. and central Chukotka, Kamchatka Magadan and L. Baikal region.
Non-breeding: Coastal and inland. Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, s. China, se. Asia, w. Melanesia, s. New Guinea and Australia.
Usage and importance of Yellow Sea
Occurrence: Intertidal areas and adjacent non-tidal wetlands. NM and SM Widespread and common; particularly numerous in Yancheng NNR. NB Common south from Yancheng. Numbers are probably underestimated, as this species often occurs on non-tidal wetlands which were generally less well surveyed than intertidal areas.
Movements: Probably mainly a broad-front migrant using a variety of inland and coastal wetlands.
Significance of Yellow Sea: The Yellow Sea is important for this species as it supports about 25% of the estimated flyway population during NM. Numbers may be higher during SM.
Key sites: 11 sites of international importance have been identified, 6 in South Korea and 5 in China; 4 of the sites are important during NM, 8 during SM and 1 in the NB season (see site location maps below). Yancheng NNR is important during both NM and SM.
Status of key sites: 3 of the Chinese sites and a small part of 1 of the South Korean sites (Dongjin Gang Hagu) are in Protected Areas. Dongjin Gang Hagu is currently being reclaimed as part of the Saemangeum Reclamation Project.
Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal coverage in China, especially of coastal non-tidal wetlands. No information from North Korea.
Site count references
- Barter et al. 2000c
- Yi & Kim in prep.
- Wang 1997
- Zhu et al. 2000
- S.P. Zhang in litt.
- Moores 1999a
- Wang & Barter 1998
EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 55 000
Status: Passage migrant and non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: 4 100; China: 10 400.
SM: South Korea: 6 800.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
South Korea: 6 (part of 1)
China: 5 (3)
|1||Dong Sha||6||Ganghwa Do|
|2||Yancheng NNR||7||Daebu Do|
|3||Huang He NNR||8||Asan Man|
|4||Tianjin Municipality||9||Seosan Reclaimed Area|
|5||Yalu Jiang NNR||10||Geum Gang Hagu|
|11||Dongjin Gang Hagu|
|1||Yalu Jiang NNR||China||1 000||1|
|2||Seosan Reclaimed Area||South Korea||963||2|
|4||Huang He NNR||China||585||4|
|1||Yancheng NNR||China||2 325||3|
|2||Dongjin Gang Hagu||South Korea||1 585||2|
|3||Asan Man||South Korea||1 450||2|
|4||Daebu Do||South Korea||1 209||2|
|5||Ganghwa Do||South Korea||1 000||2|
|6||Tianjin Municipality||China||1 000||5|
|7||Geum Gang Hagu||South Korea||699||6|