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Number of black-faced spoonbills at year's high in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2013-12-15 10:06 PM
Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) A total of 1,679 black-faced spoonbills are currently staying in Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, surpassing the January figure of 1,628 all across Taiwan, Taijiang National Park said Sunday. Park officials said the latest count does not mean they will all stay in southern Taiwan as some of the water birds may fly to other cities and counties in Taiwan or other countries. Conservation officials noted that the figure could rise in the coming two weeks as the total number of black-faced spoonbills migrating to the island for winter will not stabilize until mid- or late December. The global survey of the bird's population in January will be key data for coordinating international efforts to protect the endangered species, they added. In early 2013, 1,628 black-faced spoonbills were staying in Taiwan, including 1,316 in Tainan, 266 in Chiayi, 26 in Yilan, 11 in Kaohsiung, 5 in Hualien and two each in Yunlin and Kinmen, said the officials. Taijiang National Park, located on the southwestern coast in Tainan, has a wide range of wetland ecology such as estuary sandbars, abandoned salt farms and fish farms where food is plentiful that make it a major base for migratory birds. The park has planned a series of events for "Taijiang Black-Faced Spoonbill Season" from October through April next year with the opening ceremony held at Tainan's Cheng Da Bookstore on Sept. 29th. (By Chang Jung-hsiang and S.C. Chang)
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