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)

4.4.30 Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Subspecies None.

Distribution in EAAF

Breeding: central and s. Yakutia, L. Baikal area, Amur Land, Primorye, Mongolia and n. China.

Non-breeding: Mainly inland. se. China and s. Japan.

Usage and importance of Yellow Sea

Occurrence: Non-tidal wetlands and fields. NM and SM Widespread in China in small numbers, except for concentrations in n. Bohai Wan. Uncommon in South Korea. Numbers are probably underestimated, as this species occurs in non-tidal habitats which were generally less well surveyed than intertidal areas.

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. There is insufficient information to allow an estimate to be made of numbers in China.

Key sites: 2 sites of international importance have been identified, both in China; 1 of the sites is important during NM and both during SM (see site location maps below). Tianjin Municipality is important during both NM and SM. Shi Jiu Tuo supports >5% of the estimated flyway population during SM.

Status of key sites: Neither site is in a Protected Area.

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

EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE 60 000
YELLOW SEA
Status: Non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
No estimates; uncommon in South Korea
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 2 (0)

Site count references

  1. J. Hornskov in litt.
  2. S.P. Zhang in litt.
Sites of international importance for Northern Lapwing (both used during southward migration)
Sites of international importance for Northern Lapwing (both used during southward migration)
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Shi Jiu Tuo China 4 035 1
2 Tianjin Municipality China 2 000 2
         
         
         
         
Site of international importance for Northern Lapwing during northward migration
Site of international importance for Northern Lapwing during northward migration
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Tianjin Municipality China 2 000 2