Scaly-sided Merganser is one of my favourite species – and also one of Birds Korea’s conservation priorities (see blog post on winter survey). I was a bit disturbed therefore when visiting the awesome Birding Beijing blog recently to read Terry Townshend’s account of a restaurant owner claiming to take Scaly-sided Merganser eggs (link to blog)!
This species already faces a number of threats (see BirdLife Factsheet). Is “harvesting” of eggs in China or elsewhere within its breeding range an additional danger to this beautiful and globally Endangered species? And if so, how can conservationists and birders help to lessen this threat?