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This Secondary Area has been identified on account of the threatened Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer (classified as Endangered) which is only known to breed on the island of Sakhalin in far-eastern Russia, although it probably also breeds on the Russian mainland along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk and possibly on the Kamchatka peninsula and in the lower reaches of the Novy Semyachik river (close to the Kronotsk Reserve). It is a long-distance migrant, recorded widely in eastern and southern Asia on passage and in winter. It nests in lowland swamps and swampy and thinned coniferous forest adjacent to shallow bays on Sakhalin, where the total population is estimated at 30-40 pairs. Some breeding areas have been destroyed by urbanization, and other threats include crow predation, human disturbance and increased hunting pressure (Nechaev 1989).
Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
Threat and conservation
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