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Rare bird finds sanctuary on Qi'ao

updated : 2016-12-15

Volunteers of the Zhuhai Bird Watchers Association recently observed a black-faced spoonbill inhabiting and foraging at Qi'ao Mangrove Forest from Nov 30 to Dec 7. 

Located on the East Asia-Australia migration route -- one of the top eight such routes around the globe -- Zhuhai attracts a large number of migratory birds every winter. Egrets, teals, and sandpipers are often seen flying in flocks at Qi'ao Mangrove Forest, which has a favorable ecological environment. 

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Black-faced spoonbill

Black-faced spoonbill is named for its flat spoon-like mouth. It is also called black-faced angel or dancer for its elegant posture. The bird is included in a list of global endangered species and is also rated in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. 

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Black-faced spoonbill seeks food with other water-birds.

Then newly established Zhuhai Bird Watchers Association was invited to participate in the black-faced spoonbill worldwide synchronized survey from Jan 17 to 19 in 2014. Four members occasionally spotted the young black-faced spoonbill at Qi'ao Mangrove Forest, the first time for such a sighting in Zhuhai. 

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Black-faced spoonbill with another bird [Photos by Zhang Fuqing / Zhuhai Daily]

According to experts, the observation proves the improvement of Qi'ao Island’s ecological environment. More black-faced spoonbills and other species are likely to be found overwintering in the area. 


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