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Location North Korea
Central coordinates 129o 45.00' East  41o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 2,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus breeding  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis passage  2004  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio passage  2004  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Dunlin Calidris alpina passage  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Estuary of Orangchon River Protected Area 1,500 protected area contained by site 1,500  


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

Protection status 1500 ha of this area are protected

References Rim Chiu-ion 2000 (IBA Forms)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Orangchon River estuary. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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