Scaly-sided Merganser on Birding Beijing
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?
Posted on 17 April 2014, at the Korea Times website: Degradation of Korean rivers posing challenge to endangered bird, experts say. By Kim Young-jin “With a bright orange bill and exquisite, maze-like patterns on its flanks, the Scaly-sided Merganser is a bird that should be hard to ignore. But many appear to be overlooking the […]Read story
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, January 27th 2014 A total of 149 Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus were recorded nationwide by the Birds Korea survey, conducted between January 5th and 22nd 2014. This number is remarkably similar to the 140-149 recorded by our survey work in February 2012, despite much greater survey effort this year, with […]Read story