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Over 400 black-faced spoonbills seen in Nanbudai Wetland in Chiayi

Over 400 black-faced spoonbills seen in Nanbudai Wetland in Chiayi

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) More than 400 black-faced spoonbills were observed in November at Nanbudai Wetland of Chiayi County, an indication that the endangered bird has taken the wetland as one of its main habitats, according to the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration.
It said Nanbudai Wetland is blessed with few human activities and rich supplies of small fish and shrimps and shellfish. Migrating birds staying there can feed themselves near the 131km-132.5km mark of Provincial Highway 17 and to the north of Xincen Community Park.
The administration said up to 93 species of birds have been seen in the wetland, including oriental stork, black-faced spoonbill, osprey, common kestrel and tern -- birds that are on the conservation list.
Birdwatchers recorded 13 black-faced spoonbills as the wetland's new comers in 2012. Spoonbills were detected again in May the following year in the wetland, and in early February of 2014, rarely seen flamingo appeared in a waste salt evaporation pond in nearby Budai, according to the administration.
By late November of this year, over 400 black-faced spoonbills were seen staying at Nanbudai Wetland, it said, urging the public not to shout, chase the birds or feed them food while observing their life in the natural habitat.
(By Huang Kuo-fang and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-06-18 13:31 GMT+08:00