Chongming Dongtan Nature Reserve

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid EN winter 1991 200 individuals A1
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU winter 1991 200 individuals A1
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri CR winter 2003 present A1
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa LC passage 2003 present A1
White-naped Crane Grus vipio VU passage 2003 present A1
Hooded Crane Grus monacha VU winter 2003 present A1, A4i
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana EN winter 2003 present A1, A4i
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor EN passage 2003 present A1
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola LC winter 2003 present A4i
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius LC breeding 2003 present A4i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC resident 2003 present A4i
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis EN winter 2003 present A4i
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris EN passage 2003 present A4i
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata VU passage 2003 present A4i
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea CR passage 2003 present A1, A4i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC winter 2003 present A4i
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus LC passage 2003 present A4i
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia LC winter 2003 present A4i
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis LC unknown 2003 present A4i
Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer EN passage 2003 present A1
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi VU winter 2003 present A1
Chinese Crested Tern Thalasseus bernsteini CR unknown 2004 present A1
Marsh Grassbird Helopsaltes pryeri NT breeding 2005 present A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown 2003 min 20,000 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Chongming Dongtan Nature Reserve, Shanghai Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 32,600 protected area overlaps with site 32,600
Changjiangkouzhonghuaxun Nature Reserve 27,600 protected area contained by site 27,600


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Chongming Dongtan Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.