Flamingos Appear in Taiwan: Birdwatchers Flock to Tainan

Photo: Huang Yongfeng

A pair of greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) has reappeared at a wetlands in Chiku, Tainan, attracting photographers and birdwatchers.

Normally distributed from the north of the Indian sub-continent, through the middle-east, to the Mediterranean coast of Africa and Europe, ecologists are debating why, and how they have appeared in Taiwan. Some have speculated that the birds may have become lost, and some have asked whether it’s possible they may have escaped from a zoo. See related post about zoo escapees: Sacred Ibis Runs Rampant in Taiwan.

A pair of flamingos was first seen in Taiwan in Pingtung County in 2014.

A pair of flamingo in Tainan wetland, Taiwan
Flamingos in Taiwan. Photo: Huang Yongfeng
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