Date: Aug 16, 2015
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
A greater number of the critically endangered Chinese crested tern, previously thought to
be extinct, have been spotted on Matsu, with the number of the rare birds expected to exceed 100 in the near future.
The Forestry Bureau said that 13 adults and four chicks had been observed at tern conservation areas in Matsu last month, contributing to a total of 75 adults and 24 chicks spotted this year at the three known breeding sites of the rare species.
The other two sites are the Jiushan Islands and the Wushishan Islands in China’s Zhejiang Province.
It was the first time in three years that chicks had been seen on Matsu, the bureau’s conservation official Hsia Jung-sheng (夏榮生) said. [FULL STORY]