Winter distribution, habitat and feeding behaviour of Nordmann’s Greenshank Tringa guttifer
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15 April 18
Christoph Zöckler, David Li, Sayam U. Chowdhury, Muhammad Iqbal, Yu Chenxing
Manfred-Hermsen-Stiung, Goebenstrasse 1, D-28211 Bremen, Germany.
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A recent increase in shorebird surveys and birdwatching activities in SE Asia has enabled the winter distribution of the globally-threatened Nordmann’s Greenshank Tringa guttifer to be determined for the first time. We estimate that 850–950 birds winter in SE Asia, with most in Thailand and Malaysia and smaller numbers in Myanmar and Sumatra. Hardly any of the sites identified as important for the species are protected. We describe Nordmann’s Greenshank’s characteristic feeding behaviour and its wintering habitats. Hunting and coastal development threaten the remaining wintering population, and the protection of key sites is recommended for safeguarding the long-term future of this endangered shorebird. We recommend that the species’ current Red List status as Endangered be maintained.