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Black-faced spoonbill season to officially kick off Nov. 8

Black-faced spoonbill season to officially kick off Nov. 8

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) With winter just around the corner, the annual black-faced spoonbill season will start on Nov. 8 this year, the Tainan Ecological Conservation Association said Saturday. The association will kick off a series of events for black-faced spoonbill-lovers at both the Zengwun Estuary Wetlands and the Black-faced Spoonbill Ecology Exhibition Hall in Tainan, southern Taiwan. As of Oct. 10, more than 200 of the endangered birds had arrived in Tainan from their breeding areas in Northeast Asia for the winter, with 104 of them spotted in the Zengwun Estuary Wetlands, said Chiu Jen-wu (???), president of the Tainan Ecological Conservation Association. With the weather getting cooler, the number of black-faced spoonbills arriving to Tainan is expected to exceed 1,000 by the time the popular bird-watching season starts, Chiu said. Tainan is one of the most important global wintering sites for black-faced spoonbills, accounting for more than 65 percent of the global population. Every year, over 1,000 of the birds are recorded there. Around 1,660 black-faced spoonbills were documented in 2014, according to the Taijiang National Park administration. (By Yang Si-rei and Lee Mei-yu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 06:10 GMT+08:00