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New perspectives on habitat selection by the Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor based upon satellite telemetry

  • CHRIS WOOD (a1) (a2), HIROSHI TOMIDA (a3), KIM JIN-HAN (a4), KI-SUP LEE (a5), HYONG - JU CHO (a6), SHIN NISHIDA (a6), JAMALUDDIN IBRAHIM (a7), WEE-HAENG HUR (a4), HWA-JUNG KIM (a4), SUNG-HYUN KIM (a4), HIROKO KOIKE (a8), GO FUJITA (a9), HIROYOSHI HIGUCHI (a9) and TETSUKAZU YAHARA (a1) (a2)...
Summary

In 2011 the Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor census recorded a 22% drop in numbers from 2010, particularly at the known large coastal wintering sites. During this period, we discovered two new inland wintering sites for the species using satellite telemetry data, one located in China, where the individual followed the Yangtze river as far as Wuhan (500 km inland), and the other across the Vietnam-Cambodia border (70–200 km inland). Long periods of concentrated use of various freshwater habitats were in evidence for these two tagged individuals (China: 79 days, Vietnam/Cambodia: 91 Days) and in the latter case visual confirmation indicated a larger group of at least five individuals. The importance and potential of inland freshwater environments is highlighted towards the further conservation of the recovering population.

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