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Location China (mainland), Liaoning
Central coordinates 123o 35.00' East  39o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 200,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description The Yalu River flows westwards at its estuary. The main habitats in the IBA are reedbeds and tidal flats, with some areas of agricultural land. Many waterbirds, especially shorebirds, occur on migration, when more than 70,000 birds can be counted in one day during the peak.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Least Concern 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus unknown  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Haematopus ostralegus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Not Recognised 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus 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 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata unknown  2008  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis unknown  2008  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris unknown  2008  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Dunlin Calidris alpina unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Marsh Grassbird Locustella pryeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2010 high near favourable low
  Habitat
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable
Wetlands (inland)   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yalujiangbinhaishidi Nature Reserve 108,100 protected area contained by site 108,100  

Habitats

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yalu Jiang Estuary. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014

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