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Grey-faced buzzards delight birdwatchers on Penghu

Grey-faced buzzards delight birdwatchers on Penghu

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) More than 100 grey-faced buzzards made an unexpected appearance Sunday over Jibei islet in the north of Taiwan's outlying Penghu archipelago, birdwatchers said that day. In Taiwan, grey-faced buzzards are also known as"National Day birds" because they appear in the country every year like clockwork around National Day on Oct. 10 on their way further south. One important stopover point on the north-south route is Kenting National Park on Taiwan's southernmost tip. The species is a medium-sized Asian raptor that is typically between 41 cm and 46 cm in length. It breeds in East Russia, North China, Korea and Japan, and winters in Southeast Asia. Bird watchers usually visit Penghu from late March to mid-April every year to view large flocks of the birds soaring on the thermals, according to Lin Chang-hsing, a former president of the Wild Bird Society of Penghu. The passage of the large flock Sunday came as a surprise to birdwatchers, Lin said, adding that although it is normal to see them during their spring migration, they do not usually make an overnight stay in the area. Several rare bird species have been detected passing through Penghu this year, including mergansers, black-faced spoonbills, Oriental storks and grey-faced buzzards. (By Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 14:34 GMT+08:00