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)

4.4.7 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus

Subspecies None.

Distribution in the EAAF

Breeding: n. Yakutia, n. and nw. Chukotka and Kamchatka.

Non-breeding: Inland and coastal. Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, s. and e. China, Taiwan and se. Asia.

Usage and importance of Yellow Sea

Occurrence: Intertidal areas and adjacent non-tidal wetlands. NM and SM Widespread, much more common in China than South Korea; particularly numerous at Yancheng NNR during SM. NB Common at Yancheng NNR. 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: The Yellow Sea is important for this species during NM, when it supports about 50% of the estimated flyway population. Large numbers also occur on SM and the species is common in e. China during the NB season.

Key sites: 4 sites of international importance have been identified, all in China; all 4 sites are important during NM, 2 during SM and 1 in the NB season (see site location maps below), with Yancheng NNR and Tianjin Municipality being important during both NM and SM. Yancheng NNR supports almost 10% of the estimated flyway population on NM and >10% on SM.

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

Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal coverage in China, especially of coastal non-tidal wetlands. No information from North Korea.

Site count references

  1. Barter et al. in prep.
  2. S.P. Zhang in litt.
  3. Zhu et al. 2000
  4. J.J. Lu in litt.
  5. Wang 1997

EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 40 000
YELLOW SEA
Status: Passage migrant and non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: 640; China: 19 000.
SM: South Korea: 90.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 4 (2)

Sites of international importance for Spotted Redshank (all used during northward migration)
Sites of international importance for Spotted Redshank (all used during northward migration)
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Yancheng NNR China 3 834 1
2 Tianjin Municipality China 1 000 2
3 Huang He NNR China 594 3
4 Jiu Duan Sha China 500 4
         
         
Sites of international importance for Spotted Redshank during southward migration
Sites of international importance for Spotted Redshank during southward migration
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Yancheng NNR China 7 150 5
2 Tianjin Municipality China 1 000 2
         
         
         
         
Site of international importance for Spotted Redshank in the non-breeding season
Site of international importance for Spotted Redshank in the non-breeding season
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Yancheng NNR China 1 511 5