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: n. Taimyr to n. Chukotka.
Non-breeding: Mainly coastal. Bangladesh, Myanmar, se. Asia and Australia.
Usage and importance of Yellow Sea
Occurrence: Intertidal flats and adjacent non-tidal wetlands. NM and SM Uncommon, except for n. Bohai Wan during NM. Numbers counted are probably realistic estimates of birds present in surveyed areas.
Movements: NM Appears to migrate through inland China to Mongolia and s. Russia (Melville et al. in prep.; O. Goroshko in litt.); Bo Hai Wan is probably on the eastern extremity of the main migration path. Peak passage occurs in May. SM Uncommon; takes more westerly route than during NM (Minton 1998). Birds from nw., e. and se. Australia occur in Yellow Sea during NM.
Significance of Yellow Sea: Apart from n. Bohai Wan, the Yellow Sea is of minor importance for this species and it probably supports about 10% of the flyway breeding population during NM; very few birds occur during SM.
Key sites: 2 sites of international importance have been identified, both in China during NM (see site location map below). Tianjin Municipality supports >5% of the estimated flyway population during NM.
Status of key sites: Neither site is in a Protected Area.
Major gaps in knowledge: Insufficient geographical and temporal information from China, particularly from Bohai Wan.
EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 180 000
Status: Passage migrant
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: Scarce; China: 18 000.
SM: South Korea: Scarce.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 2 (0)
Site count references
- Barter et al. 2001
- Regulus Tours in litt.
|1||Tianjin Municipality||China||12 489||1|
|2||Shi Jiu Tuo||China||2 000||2|