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Location China (mainland), Liaoning
Central coordinates 121o 45.00' East  41o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 130,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Located on the coast of Panjin and Jinzhou cities. The IBA extends from the Xiaoling He estuary in the west to the Daling He and Shuangtai He estuaries and the reedbeds of the Liao He estuary in the east. There are extensive tidal flats and reedbeds, but these are threatened by oil drilling in the Liaohe oilfield.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Harbour Seals occur annually in the estuarine areas in mid-March, with a maximum count of about 180 animals.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis breeding  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Haematopus ostralegus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Not Recognised 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa unknown  2008  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata unknown  2008  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis unknown  2008  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris unknown  2008  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Red Knot Calidris canutus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi breeding  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Marsh Grassbird Locustella pryeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Shuangtai Estuary Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 128,000 protected area contains site 128,000  
Shuangtaihekou Nature Reserve 128,000 protected area contained by site 80,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shuangtai (Shuangtaizi) Estuary and Inner Gulf of Liaodong. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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