The China Post
Date: November 30, 2015
TAIPEI — A rare brown booby, a member of the Sulidae family, was
spotted recently in a coastal area of Dongsha Island in the South China Sea, marking the first sighting of the species in 148 years, according to the Kaohsiung-based Marine National Park Headquarters.
The species was first recorded in 1867 by British explorer Cuthbert Collingwood, who said it had a great advantage in areas around the Dongsha Island, the headquarters said.
It said, however, that the brown booby population began declining in the 19th century, due to human activities and related developments, and the species had not been seen in 148 years.
The recent sighting by members of the Kaohsiung City Wild Bird Society is exciting for ornithologists and the Dongsha Atoll National Park, which was established in 2007, the headquarters said. [FULL STORY]