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Census on black-faced spoonbills being compiled

CNA , Tainan

The world census of endangered black-faced spoonbills for last year is scheduled to be finalized Jan. 23 when all the survey data on the rare migratory birds is collected from around Asia, the Taiwan-based Happy Wild Bird Association said yesterday.

Census data of black-faced spoonbills will be mailed from South Korea, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines to the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society in the next few days so that the total number of the birds around the globe will be recorded for last year.

The Hong Kong group has conducted the annual census for years.

Taiwan's total figure of the visiting black-faced spoonbills as of Jan. 22 -- being compiled by four Tainan-based wild bird and wildlife conservation groups, including the Happy Wild Bird Association -- will also be mailed to Hong Kong on Jan. 23, a spokesman said.

The 2003 world black-faced spoonbills census was finalized Jan. 17 last year with a total of 1,206 birds, 628 of them in Taiwan.

This year, the figure in Taiwan is expected to be a record high, since the number of black-faced spoonbills overwintering here, particularly in Tainan, surpassed 780 as of Jan. 9, the spokesman said.

The Chiku Wetlands sanctuary near the estuary of the Tsengwen River in Tainan County has been the world's major habitat for black-faced spoonbills and other Asian migratory species for years.

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