Plight of the Scaly-sided Merganser

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 endangered East Asian duck, most of which spend warm months in Russia and winters in more temperate places including Korea. Due to hunting, pollution and ecological degradation, the number of these shy but stunning creatures has dwindled to only some 4,600, scientists estimate.

Their plight is clearly illustrated in Korea, where conservationists say development of rivers has robbed them of crucial places to feed and rest.”


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