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)

4.4.33 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Subspecies Worldwide and EAAF 3 (curonicus, jerdoni and dubius); Yellow Sea 1 (curonicus).

Distribution of C. d. curonicus in EAAF

Breeding: Russian Far East, Mongolia, w., central and e. China, Korean Pen. and Japan.

Non-breeding: Coastal and inland. e. China and se. Asia.

Usage and importance of Yellow Sea

Occurrence: Intertidal areas, adjacent non-tidal wetlands and river banks. NM and SM Widespread in China from Chang Jiang Estuary to Bohai Wan. Few in South Korea. Numbers are probably underestimated, as this species often occurs on non-tidal wetlands which were generally less well surveyed than intertidal areas.

Movements: No information.

Significance of Yellow Sea: There is insufficient information to allow an estimate to be made of numbers occurring in China.

Key sites: 4 sites of international importance have been identified, all in China; all 4 sites are important during NM and 2 during SM (see site location maps below). Yancheng NNR and Tianjin Municipality are important during both NM and SM. Yancheng NNR holds >10% of the estimated flyway population during SM.

Status of key sites: 2 of the sites are in Protected Areas.

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

EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE 25 000
YELLOW SEA
Status: Passage migrant
Estimated minimum numbers:
No estimates; few in South Korea.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 4 (2)

Site count references

  1. S.P. Zhang in litt.
  2. J. J. Lu in litt.
  3. Wang 1997
Sites of international importance for Little Ringed Plover (all used during northward migration)
Sites of international importance for Little Ringed Plover (all used during northward migration)
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Tianjin Municipality China 1 000 1
2 Chongming Dao PNR China 300 2
3 Jiu Duan Sha China 300 2
4 Yancheng NNR China 255 3
         
         
Sites of international importance for Little Ringed Plover during southward migration
Sites of international importance for Little Ringed Plover during southward migration
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Yancheng NNR China 4 658 3
2 Tianjin Municipality China 1 000 1