The first wave of black-faced spoonbills arrived in Tainan in September. (Photo/Tsao Ting-ting)
Tainan recorded its highest ever yearly number of black-faced spoonbills wintering in the southern Taiwanese city, according to the results of an annual global census of the migratory birds released Sunday.
A total of 1,533 of the highly endangered birds were recorded in the southern Taiwan area this year, the results of a two-day census show. Tainan is the world's most important winter migration site for the birds, home to about half of the population.
The annual census, began by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society in 2003, is conducted every January in places including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.
The 2013 census was conducted over the weekend and the day with the highest observed number of birds -- Saturday -- was used to represent this year's results.