Threatened spoonbills set winter population record

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 05, 2015
By: Tsai Wen-chu and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Taiwan became the black-faced spoonbill’s most popular migrating site for the winter ending

Black-faced spoonbills wade in a lake in Tainan on March 21.  Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Taipei Times

Black-faced spoonbills wade in a lake in Tainan on March 21. Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Taipei Times

this year, with the species’ record-high winter population numbering 3,259 birds, up nearly 20 percent from last winter, the Taipei-based Chinese Wild Bird Federation said, adding that about 62 percent of all black-faced spoonbills sheltered in the nation for the season.

A total of 2,034 birds were spotted in Taiwan in January, compared with 1,659 in January last year, the federation said.

Meanwhile, 411 birds were seen in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China; 371 in Japan; and 330 elsewhere in China. Fewer than 100 birds were observed in other nations, the group said.     [FULL  STORY]

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