it certainly enters the birding season. my first black-faced spoonbill of the year; at nam sang wai.
black-faced spoonbill is one of the widely known migratory birds among hong kongers. hong kong is one of their main wintering sites. their comical look, plus the very successful usage of their image as the logo of hong kong’s very own wetland park simply imprint their value and appearance in the heart of hong kongers.
黑臉琵鷺 black-faced spoonbill (platalea minor) – 動物界 animalia kingdom | 脊索動物門 chordata phylum | 鳥綱 aves class | 鸛形目 ciconiiformes order | 䴉科 threskiornithidae family | 琵鷺屬 platalea genus | 黑面琵鷺 p. minor species wiki
- confined to the coastal areas of eastern asia, it seems that it was once common throughout its area of distribution. it has a niche existence on only a few small rocky islands off the west coast of north korea, with four wintering sites at macau, hong kong, taiwan and vietnam, as well as other places where they have been observed in migration.
- they were classified as an endangered species through iucn in 2005.
- in hong kong, it is a protected species under wild animals protection ordinance cap 170. in mai po marshes, a quarter of the world’s population of black-faced spoonbill can be found during migration.
- the black-faced spoonbill population as of 2012 census was recorded at 2,693 birds, with an estimation of 1,600 mature birds. breeding colonies occur between march and august, on small islands. these birds are known to be crepuscular eaters, using intertidal mudflats. wiki