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)
Subspecies None; entire global population confined to the EAAF.
Breeding: s. Siberia, n. Mongolia and ne. China.
Non-breeding: Coastal. se. Asia, New Guinea and n. Australia; main stronghold is probably e. and se. Sumatra.
Usage and importance of Yellow Sea
Occurrence: Intertidal areas and adjacent non-tidal wetlands. NM and SM n. from Chang Jiang Estuary to n. Liaodong Wan, with major concentrations in Bohai Wan and Yancheng NNR/Dongsha region. Absent from South Korea. Significant undercounting may have occurred because of the difficulty of separating this species from the godwits.
Movements: The e. Chinese coastline is the e. boundary of both NM and SM routes. Whilst good numbers have been reported from Chinese coastal sites, it is probable that many birds migrate along inland routes through China.
Significance of Yellow Sea: The Yellow Sea is important for this near-threatened species as it supports about 40% of the estimated flyway population during NM. Numbers may be similar on SM.
Key sites: 4 sites of international importance have been identified, all in China; all sites are important during NM and 3 during SM (see site location maps below). Dong Sha supports >5% of the estimated flyway population during SM.
Status of key sites: 1 Chinese site is in a Protected Area.
Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal information from China, particularly Bohai Wan and the Jiangsu coast and islands.
Site count references
- Regulus Travel in litt.
- Barter et al. 2001
- Barter et al. in prep.
- Wang & Barter 1998
- F. Heintzenberg in litt.
- Wang 1997
CONSERVATION STATUS: Near threatened
EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 23 000
Status: Passage migrant
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: Absent; China: 9 300
SM: South Korea: Absent.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 4 (1)
|1||Shi Jiu Tuo||China||1 100||1|
|1||Dong Sha||China||1 320||4|
|2||Shi Jiu Tuo||China||495||5|