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 Worldwide 2 (falcinellus and sibirica); Yellow Sea 1 (sibirica).
Distribution of L. f. sibirica in the EAAF
Breeding: n. Yakutia.
Non-breeding: Coastal. Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, se. China, Taiwan, se. Asia and Australia, particularly n. and nw.
Usage and importance of Yellow Sea
Occurrence: Intertidal flats. NM and SM Widespread in small numbers; apparently more common on sw. and n. coasts of China and central w. coast of South Korea. Numbers are probably underestimated, as this species is relatively easy to miss amongst other small shorebirds.
Movements: Probably migrates on a broad front, also using inland wetlands. Birds from nw. Australia occur in the Yellow Sea.
Significance of Yellow Sea: The Yellow Sea is important for this species as it supports approximately 30% of the estimated flyway population during NM. Higher numbers possibly occur on SM.
Key sites: 5 sites of international importance have been identified, 2 in South Korea and 3 in China; 2 of the sites are important during NM and 4 during SM (see site location maps below). Yancheng NNR is important during both NM and SM.
Status of key sites: 2 of the Chinese sites and part of 1 of the South Korean sites (Dongjin Gang Hagu) are within Protected Areas. The Dongjin and Mangyeung estuaries are currently being reclaimed as part of the Saemangeum Reclamation Project.
Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal coverage in China. No information from North Korea.
EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 18 000
Status: Passage migrant
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: 200; China: 4 900.
SM: South Korea: 830.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
South Korea: 2 (part of 1)
China: 3 (2)
Site count references
- Barter et al. 2000e
- Wang 1997
- Yi & Kim in prep.
- Wang & Barter 1998
|1||Dong Sha||4||Mangyeung Gang Hagu|
|2||Yancheng NNR||5||Dongjin Gang Hagu|
|3||Yalu Jiang NNR|
|1||Yalu Jiang NNR||China||729||1|
|2||Dongjin Gang Hagu||South Korea||800||3|
|3||Mangyeung Gang Hagu||South Korea||700||3|