Endangered stork, rare visitor in Taiwan, found dead of electrocution

Birdwatchers in southern Taiwan were over the moon earlier this month when a rare oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana) appeared for the first time in nine years, however, the bird was found dead this morning, October 27, of apparent electrocution. The stork was first spotted in Yong’an Wetlands, Kaohsiung City in mid-October, when it was noted that the bird was tagged with the number “E37,” and fitted with a satellite transmitter. The bird was found to have been bred by researchers

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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

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