Census for the black-faced spoonbill set for mid-Jan.
CNATAIPEI--A global census of black-faced spoonbills for 2013 will be taken Jan. 12-13, Taijiang National Park officials said yesterday.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Tainan, where Taijiang National Park is located, is one of the most important global wintering sites for the rare birds.
According to previous censuses, the number of black-faced spoonbills in Taiwan accounts for roughly 50 percent of the bird's global population, the officials said.
The annual report on the worldwide population of black-faced spoonbills was initiated by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, the officials said, adding that the study also involves South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.
In 2012, some 1,562 birds were recorded in Taiwan, up 728 from 2011, according to the Taipei-based Chinese Wild Bird Federation.