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More black-faced spoonbills spotted this season: conservationists

More black-faced spoonbills spotted this season: conservationists

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) The number of black-faced spoonbills spotted in southern Taiwan since the overwintering season started in October has reached four times the number recorded during this time last year, conservationists said Wednesday. As of Oct. 6, 202 of the endangered wading birds had been observed at the Tsengwen River estuary in Tainan, said Chiu Jen-wu, chairman of the Tainan Ecology Conservation Society. The number could grow rapidly at a rate of 30-50 birds each day, Chiu said. That surge indicates the beginning of an exciting black-faced spoonbill-watching season, according to the Tainan city government, which added that in addition to the species, migrating Caspian terns, African sacred ibises and grey herons have arrived in the wetland area. Around 1,700 black-faced spoonbills were documented between last October and December, the period during which the birds migrate to the island to spend the winter, according to conservation officials. Tainan is one of the most important global wintering sites for the black-faced spoonbill, accounting for more than 65 percent of the global population, the officials said, pointing out that over the last nine years, there have been over 1,000 recorded every year. To celebrate the arrival of the birds, the city government and Chiu's association said they will co-host a black-faced spoonbill festival Nov. 2 that will feature cycling and outdoor sketching events. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-07-30 12:33 GMT+08:00