As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Taiwan hosts largest wintering population of black-faced spoonbills

2017/03/28 14:06:18

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) Taiwan recorded the world's largest wintering population of black-faced spoonbills this year, with 2,601 birds recorded, the Forestry Bureau under the Council of Agriculture said Tuesday.

This year's figure marks 541 more than last year, or a world record high increase, and it is the third consecutive year in which the number has exceeded 2,000, the bureau said, citing the results of the International Black-faced Spoonbill Census 2017 conducted Jan. 14-15.

The Taiwan section of the census was conducted at 51 sites in Taiwan by the Wild Bird Society of the Republic of China, along with 26 wild bird groups around the country, according to the bureau.

The black-faced spoonbill is classified as a globally endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List.

A total of 3,941 birds were recorded in this year's global census, including 2,601 in Taiwan, or 66 percent of the global total. The global population of the bird was 585 fewer than last year.

About 98.8 percent of the black-faced spoonbills in Taiwan were recorded in wetlands, fish ponds, saltwater ponds and lagoons in coastal areas of Tainan and Chiayi in southwestern Taiwan, according to the bureau.

The bureau said it has authorized the Wild Bird Society to carry out the survey in Taiwan since September 2015 in order to monitor the distribution of the birds in Taiwan and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing wild bird conservation measures.

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