Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher seen in Hushan

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher: courtesy of Richard Yu.

Forests being cleared for the Hushan Dam

Ten days ago a Japanese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata) was recorded in the Huben/Hushan Important Bird Area (IBA) by researchers. The Japanese Paradise Flycatcher is very rare in Taiwan and this is the first record from the area. The Japanese Paradise Flycatcher is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red Data List. This is just another reason why this important natural area needs to be protected not destroyed!

An updated bird list for the area will be issued shortly.

Update: Orange-flanked Bush Robin: A new bird species for Hushan; and resightings of the Japanese Flycatcher.

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