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Bird-watchers flock to Hutoushan Park

By Lee Jung-ping  /  Staff Reporter

As the temperature heats up, birds are coming out to nest and feed at Taoyuan’s Hutoushan Park (虎頭山), giving bird watchers a great opportunity to get closer to them and to the beautiful natural environment around them.

Taoyuan County Scenic Area Administration director Chiang Nan-chih (江南志) said that at 80m above sea level, the park, which has been built next to the mountain, is the highest point in Taoyuan’s suburban area, making it one of the most-visited scenic spots in Taoyuan.

The park features an undisturbed forest canopy that has brought birds to nest and feed in the park, especially the Mueller’s Barbet, a subspecies unique to Taiwan, Chiang said.

The birds can been seen everywhere in the park, especially near the Confucius Temple and the nearby administrative building, he added.

Aside from Mueller’s Barbet, the crested serpent eagle and other large birds can bee seen in the Chingkuo Plum Garden, also in the park, Chiang said, adding that the common kingfisher can also be seen.

The city government’s tourism department has allocated significant sums recently to the development and improvement of the park, including repairs to the hiking trail and the addition of signposts, Chiang said.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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