Rare Indonesian shorebird research


From Wildlife Extra:

Indonesian rare bird is the unlikely beneficiary of avian flu research

03/06/2010 18:56:38

Data about endangered greenshank’s distribution is vital for its future

June 2010: Over the past few years, health experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have caught, banded, and released thousands of wild birds around South East Asia in an effort to monitor bird populations for avian influenza viruses. These activities also produce another benefit: new information on rare bird species.

In Indonesia, WCS field teams recently gathered new data on the Nordmann’s greenshank – an endangered shorebird species with a total global population of only 500-1,000 – on the beaches of Jambi Province on the island of Sumatra. The shorebird is so rare that any new information on its distribution is vital to conservation plans for the species.

RARE: There are no more than 1,000 Nordmann’s greenshanks left in the wild

The findings are presented in the most recent edition of BirdingASIA, a journal published by the Oriental Bird Club, in an article by WCS’s Fransisca Noni Tirtaningtyas and Joost Philippa.

‘While our surveillance activities are mostly focused on testing birds for avian influenza as part of WCS’s ongoing health investigations, we can also fill gaps in our understanding of the migration range of many bird species,’ said Philippa, WCS field veterinarian and co-author on the paper. ‘Our research findings have applications for both health and conservation efforts alike.’

First time Nordmann’s greenshank has been caught and banded

Nordmann’s greenshank is a medium-sized shorebird that has been classified as Endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) since 1994 due to the development of coastal wetlands throughout its range. It breeds in eastern Russia, specifically along the coasts of the Sea of Okhotsk and Sakhalin Island. In South East Asia (the bird’s non-breeding range), Nordmann’s greenshank is rarely observed, and has never been caught and banded until now.

In order to ensure the survival of this species, it is important to preserve areas all along its migration route and in its wintering grounds: WCS’s newly collected data adds significantly to the knowledge on the migration patterns of this species and will help identify important sites which will need to be protected from development.

2 thoughts on “Rare Indonesian shorebird research

  1. Ik heb onderstaand verhaaltje gemaakt. Met groot genoegen, alhoewel ik de soort gedipt heb ;-(

    Klaas Eigenhuis

    Siberische Grijze Ruiter Heteroscelus brevipes (Vieillot: …) 1816 [LW 1986; Perrins (ed.) 1991]. In Siberië broedende, op de bovendelen tamelijk egaalgrijze Ruiter, die deze laatste naam minder verdient omdat de “klassieke Ruiter” lange poten heeft: de Siberische Grijze Ruiter werd eerder ook wel Kortpootruiter genoemd [LW 1986]. De soort werd op 28 juli 2010 door Arno Piek gefotografeerd op de Zuidpier van IJmuiden (NH): eerste waarneming voor Nederland.

    Deze soort verschilt van de enige andere in dit geslacht, Heteroscelus incanus (Amerikaanse Grijze Ruiter, Wandering Tattler) o.a. door het kortere neusgat op de bovenneb maar door de langere tarsi [Prater, Marchant & Vuorinen 1977].

    Voor een etymologische bespreking van E/Am Tattler zie Taats Ý. @ 100729

    Invoegen in WNV-1 (Eigenhuis 2004)

    onder Register wetenschappelijke namen:

    brevipes (p.661)

    Heteroscelus stáát er al, p.664 (verwijst naar Taats)

    incanus (p.665)

    onder Register van in de tekst genoemde personen (p.645):

    Piek Arnold Siberische Grijze Ruiter (p.647)

    Eigenhuis K J, 2004. Verklarend en etymologisch Woordenboek van de Nederlandse vogelnamen. [WNV] E n N T I v L o 2exx. KIV,1re

    Lippens L & Wille H, 1986. Uitzonderlijke Vogels in België en West-Europa. I. Watervo­gels, Dagroofvogels en Steltloper. ISBN 9070481758. [LW] KIII,4

    Perrins C M (red.), 1991. Geïllustreerde Encyclopedie van de Vogels. Een compleet overzicht van alle vogelsoorten van de wereld. Weert. KIII,4

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