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)

4.4.8 Common Redshank Tringa totanus

Subspecies Worldwide 6 (totanus, ussuriensis, robusta, terrignotae, craggi and eurhinus); Yellow Sea 2 (terrignotae and craggi).

Distribution of T. t. terrignotae and T. t. craggi in the EAAF

Breeding: T. t. terrignotae, ne. China and Amur R. region; T. t. craggi, nw. China and se. Siberia.

Non-breeding: Coastal and inland wetlands. T. t. terrignotae, se. and e. China; T. t. craggi, unknown, but probably e. China.

Usage and importance of Yellow Sea

Occurrence: Intertidal areas and adjacent non-tidal wetlands. B Common breeder around Chinese part of Yellow Sea (pers. obs.), but little quantitative information. 400 pairs at Shuangtaizihekou NNR (Y.X. Li in litt.). Very common breeding bird (in the thousands) in Yancheng NNR (H. Wang pers. comm.) NM and SM Widespread in China but nowhere very common, with largest numbers from Chang Jiang Estuary to Liaodong Wan; uncommon in South Korea. NB Small numbers from Yancheng NNR s. 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 on numbers, subspecies population sizes and breeding numbers 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; 2 of the sites are important during NM and 1 during SM (see site location maps below). Breeds in internationally important numbers at the Yancheng and Shuangtaizihekou NNRs (see map below for site locations). Tianjin Municipality is important during both NM and SM.

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

Major gaps in knowledge: Improved information on subspecies distribution. Identification of important breeding sites. Incomplete geographical and temporal coverage in China, especially of coastal non-tidal wetlands. No information from North Korea.

Site count references

  1. S.P. Zhang in litt.
  2. C. Doughty in litt.

EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 65 000
YELLOW SEA
Status: Possibly resident, breeding visitor, passage migrant and non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: 200.
SM: South Korea: 120.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 4 (2)

Sites of international importance for Common Redshank (including two breeding sites)
Sites of international importance for Common Redshank (including two breeding sites)
  China
1 Yancheng NNR (B)
2 Tianjin Municipality
3 Shi Jiu Tuo
4 Shuangtaizihekou NNR (B)
   
   
Sites of international importance for Common Redshank during northward migration
Sites of international importance for Common Redshank during northward migration
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Tianjin Municipality China 2 000 1
2 Shi Jiu Tuo China 800 2
         
         
         
         
Site of international importance for Common Redshank during southward migration
Site of international importance for Common Redshank during southward migration
  Site Country Count Ref
1 Tianjin Municipality China 2 000 1