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|Friday, November 17, 2000, updated at 10:12(GMT+8)|
More Black-faced Spoonbills Make Annual Migration to TaiwanThe number of black-faced spoonbills that have migrated to their major winter habitat in southern Taiwan has reached a record high of 583 this year, reported Taiwan's local media.
The total number reached 583, after 173 of the rare birds arrived from Hong Kong Thursday at the mouth of Tainan County's Tsengwen Creek, the Taiwan media quoted the Tainan County Black-faced Spoonbill Conservation Society as saying.
The black-faced spoonbill is an endangered bird species. The number of the rare birds now stands at just slightly more than 600 in the world, and the birds migrate to the wetlands of Tsengwen Creek every winter.
The number of the rare birds making their annual migration to Taiwan has usually been slightly more than 400 in recent years. December 1999's tally of 463 also set a record.
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