Ecological Research

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 273–282 | Cite as

Satellite tracking of the migration of the red-crowned crane Grus japonensis

  • Hiroyoshi Higuchi
  • Yuri Shibaev
  • Jason Minton
  • Kiyoaki Ozaki
  • Sergey Surmach
  • Go Fujita
  • Kunikazu Momose
  • Yuria Momose
  • Mutsuyuki Ueta
  • Vladimir Andronov
  • Nagahisa Mita
  • Yutaka Kanai
Original Article

Autumn migration routes of red-crowned cranes, Grus japonensis, from two continental east Asian sites were documented in detail by satellite tracking. Two routes were identified: a 2200 km western route from Russia’s Khingansky Nature Reserve to coastal Jiangsu Province, China; and a 900 km eastern route from Lake Khanka (Russia) to the Korean Peninsula and the Demilitarized Zone. The most important rest-sites were identified as Panjin Marsh (China), coastal mudflats south-east of Tangshan City (China), the Yellow River mouth (China), Tumen River mouth (North Korea/China/Russia), Kumya (North Korea) and Cholwon (Korean DMZ). Movements within the wintering range were also recorded, including complex commuting between sites by individual cranes and patterns of daily movements within sites. These data should prove useful for conservation of the flyway.

Keywords

conservation Grus japonensis migration route red-crowned crane satellite tracking 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyoshi Higuchi
    • 1
  • Yuri Shibaev
    • 2
  • Jason Minton
    • 3
  • Kiyoaki Ozaki
    • 4
  • Sergey Surmach
    • 2
  • Go Fujita
    • 1
  • Kunikazu Momose
    • 4
  • Yuria Momose
    • 5
  • Mutsuyuki Ueta
    • 3
  • Vladimir Andronov
    • 6
  • Nagahisa Mita
    • 7
  • Yutaka Kanai
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Wildlife BiologyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Biology and Soil SciencesRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostockRussia
  3. 3.Wild Bird Society of JapanTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Yamashina Institute for OrnithologyChibaJapan
  5. 5.Wakatake-cho 10–2, Kushiro-shiHokkaidoJapan
  6. 6.Khingansky Nature ReserveArkharaRussia
  7. 7.NTT Wireless Systems LaboratoriesKanagawaJapan
  8. 8.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan

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