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)

4.4.29 Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus

Subspecies None.

Distribution in EAAF

Breeding: ne China, se Russia and Japan.

Non-breeding: Mainly inland. s. central and se. China, n. Vietnam, n. Thailand and Bangladesh.

Usage and importance of Yellow Sea

Occurrence: Intertidal areas, and adjacent non-tidal wetlands and fields. B 2 pairs breed at Shuangtaizihekou NNR (Y.X. Li in litt.); a few pairs breed in the Yancheng NNR (H. Wang pers. comm.). NM Small numbers occur in China. Rare in South Korea. SM More common, with concentrations at Shi Jiu Tuo and Yancheng NNR. Rare in South Korea. Numbers are probably underestimated due to the dispersed distribution of the species.

Movements: No information.

Significance of Yellow Sea: The Yellow Sea is important for this species as it supports at least 10% of the estimated flyway population during SM. Small numbers breed along the Chinese coastline.

Key sites: 2 sites of international importance have been identified, both in China and both supporting >5% of the estimated flyway population during SM (see site location map below).

Status of key sites: 1 site is in a Protected Area.

Major gaps in knowledge: Improved geographical and temporal information from China, especially in coastal non-tidal wetlands.

Status: Breeding and non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
No estimates; rare in South Korea
China: 2 (1)

Site count references

  1. F Heintzenberg in litt.
  2. Wang 1997
Site of international importance for Grey-headed Lapwing (both used during southward migration)
Site of international importance for Grey-headed Lapwing (both used during southward migration)
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Shi Jiu Tuo China 630 1
2 Yancheng NNR China 542 2