Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea

Importance, threats and conservation status
Mark Barter
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)

4.4.25 Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus

Subspecies None.

Distribution in the EAAF

Breeding: Coastal regions of arctic ne. Siberia, as far s. as n. Sakhalin and n. Kurile Is.

Non-breeding: Pelagic, from central Indonesia to w. Melanesia.

Usage and importance of Yellow Sea

Occurrence: No information on habitat preferences but, presumably, using coastal areas and, particularly, saltpans. NM Recorded in small numbers in Yancheng NNR-Dong Sha region. SM Apparently more common and widespread than on NM, with records from Chang Jiang Estuary to Huang He Delta. Few recorded in South Korea on either migration. Numbers may be underestimated as this species often occurs on non-tidal wetlands, such as saltpans, which were generally less well surveyed than intertidal areas. It may also occur in offshore waters.

Movements: No information.

Significance of Yellow Sea: The Yellow Sea appears to be of little importance for this species, but preferred migration habitats, i.e. saltpans and the open sea, have been under-surveyed.

Key sites: 1 site of international importance has been identified, in China, during SM (see site location map below).

Status of key sites: The site is not in a Protected Area.

Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal coverage in China, especially in preferred saltpan and pelagic habitats.

EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 100 000
YELLOW SEA
Status: Passage migrant
Estimated minimum numbers:
No estimates
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 1 (0)

Site count reference

  1. Wang & Barter 1998
Site of international importance for Red-necked Phalarope (used during southward migration)
Site of international importance for Red-necked Phalarope (used during southward migration)
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Dong Sha China 1 728 1