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Rare bird fitted with satellite transmitter to map migration

2012/04/13 14:17:39

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) A black-faced spoonbill, an endangered bird species, was released into the wild at a wetlands in southern Taiwan on Friday after being fitted with a satellite transmitter to track its migration routes for wildlife conservation reference.

"It marks the first time that we have fitted a black-faced spoonbillwith that type of advanced equipment for migration tracking," said Lu Teng-yuan, director of the Taijiang National Park Administration in the southern city of Tainan.

The 2-year-old bird, dubbed T46, was caught at the city's Syh-Tsao Wildlife Conservation Area, which is one of Taiwan's largest wetlands and forms part of the Taijiang park, late Thursday, Lu said.

"We checked its health and tagged it then fitted a 30-gram satellite transmitter on its back," Lu said.

Earlier this year, three black-faced spoonbills were fitted with radio transmitters to track their movements in Taiwan, Lu said.

Noting that black-faced spoonbills have begun flying back to their breeding grounds in the north, Lu said the satellite transmitter will facilitate mapping of T46's migratory paths.

(By Sz-ruei Yang and Sofia Wu)
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