Researchers track Chinese crested tern’s migration flyway

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/17
By: Yang Shu-min and Kuo Chung-han

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) A Taiwanese research team banded a Chinese

Photo courtesy of the Forestry Bureau

Photo courtesy of the Forestry Bureau

crested tern (Thalasseus bernsteini) juvenile in July, hoping to track its migration flyway and learn more about the “mythical bird” that roosts in three groups of islands off the southeastern coast of China from May to August.

It is the first successful banding of a Chinese crested tern in Taiwan, and the first ever in the world, said Hsia Jung-sheng (夏榮生), a conservation official of the Forestry Bureau under the Council of Agriculture.

The rare species nests in Taiwan’s Matsu Islands and Jiushan and Wuzhishan islands in China’s Zhejiang Province from May to August, thus locals consider it a summer migratory bird.     [FULL  STORY]

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