This report summarises the results of the Asian Waterbird Census in 2002, 2003 and 2004, comprising counts at 2,032 sites in 22 countries. Of these sites, 459 met the criteria for international importance by recording either more than 20,000 waterbirds or 1% of the population of at least one species.
79 Ramsar Sites, 36 Migratory Waterbird Network sites in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and 280 Important Bird Areas were covered.
Totals of 274 waterbird species and 61 wetland-dependent species were recorded during this period, with nearly 8 million waterbirds recorded each year.
Brief status accounts, accompanied by 202 maps, are presented for 211 species, including 42 Globally Threatened species and 19 near threatened species.
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