Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea
Importance, threats and conservation status
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)
Distribution in the EAAF
Breeding range: w. and e of L. Baikal, central Yakutia and ne. China.
Non-breeding: Coastal and inland. Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, s. and e. China, Japan, se. Asia, New Guinea and Australia.
Usage and importance of Yellow Sea
Occurrence: Intertidal areas and adjacent non-tidal wetlands. NM and SM Common in China from Chang Jiang Estuary to n. Liaodong Wan, with large numbers in Yancheng NNR and around Bohai Wan; none recorded at Yalu Jiang NNR and scarce in South Korea. NB Present in good numbers 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: NM Limited information indicates that main arrivals occur in late April, with large numbers still present in mid-May. SM No information. Probably migrates on a broad front through inland China and along the Chinese coast.
Significance of Yellow Sea: The Yellow Sea is important for this species during NM when it supports about 40% of the estimated flyway population. Also common on SM.
Key sites: 5 sites of international importance have been identified, all in China; 3 of the sites are important during NM and 4 during SM (see site location maps below), with Yancheng NNR and Huang He NNR being important during both NM and SM. Yancheng NNR supports 10% of the estimated flyway population during NM and >5% during SM.
Status of key sites: 2 of the 5 sites are in Protected Areas.
Major gaps in knowledge: Incomplete geographical and temporal information from China, particularly from Bohai Wan and non-tidal areas.
Site count references
- Barter et al. in prep.
- Barter et al. 2001
- Zhu et al. 2000
- Wang 1997
- Wang et al. 1991
- F. Heintzenberg in litt
- Wang & Barter 1998
EAAF POPULATION ESTIMATE: 90 000
Status: Passage migrant and non-breeding visitor
Estimated minimum numbers:
NM: South Korea: Scarce; China: 39 000.
SM: South Korea: Scarce.
INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT SITES (and Protected Area status)
China: 5 (2)
|1||1 Dong Sha|
|2||2 Yancheng NNR|
|3||3 Huang He NNR|
|4||4 Tianjin Municipality|
|5||5 Shi Jiu Tuo|
|1||Yancheng NNR||China||9 026||1|
|2||Tianjin Municipality||China||2 425||2|
|3||Huang He NNR||China||1 135||3|
|1||Yancheng NNR||China||6 022||4|
|2||Huang He NNR||China||4 246||5|
|3||Shi Jiu Tuo||China||3 500||6|
|4||Dong Sha||China||1 140||7|