A Japanese in China

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The Avibase China birdlist counts 7 species of minivets for China – one of which is the Ashy Minivet. Given that the Japanese and the Chinese do not always see eye to eye, it was probably sort of fitting that a foreigner in China saw the bird.

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Birding Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

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Asian Brown Flycatcher: The most boring flycatcher here in Eastern China is also by far the most common one. The post Birding Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding China Jiangsu TiaoziniTiaozini is a coastal place about a 3-hour drive north of Shanghai.

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Birding Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China

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That means it also has many tropical birds that a foreigner living in China can see without risking to leave the country (which would mean 2 weeks of quarantine on reentry at best and complete exclusion at worst, depending on the ever-changing regulations). Birding China Xishuangbanna

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Birding Laifengshan, Tengchong, Yunnan, China

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While Baihualing is much better for birds, foreigners are currently prohibited from going there, presumably as we all carry Covid-19, even if like me we have been in China the whole year. I am always happy to see Black-throated Bushtit, even though it is not really rare in China.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is probably the most iconic bird species in China – to the point that some bird guides I know are quite tired of looking for it. And yet, I have now birded China for almost 5 years without ever really trying to see one. The post Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Conservation China spoon-billed sandpiper

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Amur Paradise Flycatcher in Jixi, Anhui, China

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And then there were of course the usual birds of this part of China – not uncommon but still quite attractive birds rarely seen in Shanghai, such as Red-billed Blue Magpie , Collared Finchbill , Ashy Drongo , Red-billed Starling , Black-throated Bushtit and Mountain Bulbul. The post Amur Paradise Flycatcher in Jixi, Anhui, China appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips Amur Paradise Flycatcher China

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Oil Spill in China

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China is currently experiencing its biggest oil spill ever too. China's largest oil spill has spread to 430 square kilometers (166 square miles) hundreds of clean up workers struggle to cope. Huang Yong, deputy bureau chief for Dalian, China Maritime Safety Administration, told Dragon TV on Wednesday, "The oil spill will pose a severe threat to marine animals, and water quality, and the sea birds." Tags: oil spill marine life china pollution

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Canada Reaches Seal Product Deal with China

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In order to offset the loss of the seal product market in Europe, Canada has made a deal with China. China as a whole still doesn't have a national conscience about these issues. canada europe seal hunt seals chinaI'm not surprised. Although 40 Chinese animal rights groups have protested, they don't really have any political or financial clout to change anything.

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China Calls for Tiger Protection

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India’s newfound partnership with China on environment issues has yielded results in the area of tiger protection as well. In what could be seen as a new year’s gift for the Indian tiger, China’s State Forestry Administration has issued a directive calling for the protection of tigers, especially the need to step up action against illegal trade in tiger parts and products. Tags: India wildlife trafficking poaching tigers china

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China to Accept Non-Animal Testing Methods for Cosmetic Ingredients

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animal testing cosmetics research alternatives china PETAFrom CosmeticsDesign.com.good news! Click on the link for the full story. PETA has been successful in pressing Chinese officials to adopt non animal testing methods as it announces the country is in the final stages of approving the use of its very first non-animal test method for cosmetic ingredients.

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Panda Bites Tourist in China

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Ligers in China

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A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. From Focus Taiwan. The Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said Huang, who possesses an array of wildlife, should be dealt with harshly to deter others from copying the behavior.

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Air Show at Nanhui, Shanghai, China

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The post Air Show at Nanhui, Shanghai, China appeared first on 10,000 Birds. These days, quite a few species are breeding at Nanhui, Shanghai. This involves a lot of flying around, finding food and bringing it back to the chicks. But not all species do this in such a spectacular fashion as the Barn Swallow. I recently came across 5 chicks sitting on the ground on a fortunately barely-used gravel road. All were sitting within one meter or so from each other.

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Monkeys Beat Cruel Trainer in China

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Dogs Slaughtered in Yangxian Co. in China

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From China Smack (link has dead dogs picture): 2009 May 31, an indiscriminate massacre was carried out throughout the entire 3206 square kilometer county of Yangxian in Shaanxi province — the target of the massacre were dogs! Tags: dogs china No matter whether it has a license, whether it was vaccinated, whether it was leashed, whether it was owned, they were all given the death penalty on May 31.

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Tigers To Go Extinct in 15 Years? Thanks China!

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It's not only China, but all Asian countries that are playing a major role in reducing this beautiful animal's number. Tags: wildlife crime extinction Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers china As this article points out , tigers are worth more dead than alive if you use humanity's flawed accounting system.

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China Gets to Buy Elephant Ivory

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The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva voted in favour of China becoming a licensed importer. It will allow China to bid for more than 100 tonnes of ivory stockpiled in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe through culling and natural deaths. Tags: ivory africa CITES poaching china elephants I don't know how to call this one.will it help or hurt the elephant population in the long run?

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Eating Cats and Dogs Could Become Illegal in China

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Don't Forget What China Has Done

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Customs Officials Meet to Discuss China/Russia Smuggling

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From TRAFFIC, Customs officers from Russia and China met last week to strengthen international co-operation in tackling cross-border smuggling of Tigers and other wildlife products. Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife trafficking tigers china russia

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Dog Death Squads in China

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Here is the letter: I’ve just received an urgent report that another city in China is planning a mass cull to slaughter any unregistered dogs, strays, and even registered family dogs that are over 14 inches (35cm) tall. Make a donation to help IFAW end dog culls in China and to protect animals around the world from similar cruelty. Dog Death Squads in China originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 13, 2009.

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Domesticated Dogs May Have All Originated in China

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Here is an interesting article about research out of Sweden that suggests that all domesticated dogs may have originated from China. Tags: china And it may have been for reasons other then what we would like: A new study of dogs worldwide, the largest of its kind, suggests a different answer, one that any dog-owner is bound to find repulsive: Wolves may have first been domesticated for their meat.

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Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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From the China Daily. Eating wild animals is also a traditional practice in southern China. Profit from illegal trade can be up to 10 times the cost, with restaurant operators offering the exotic dishes usually aware of the violation but lured by the gains, Xu {Hongfa, director of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) TRAFFIC East Asia China Program} said. Tags: wildlife smuggling Traditional Chinese Medicine tigers exotic meat china endangered species

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Efforts Being Made to End Eating Cats in China

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Disgusting to read about , but there are people in China who are just as outraged at cat eating. Kudos to the many people in China that do care

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Canada Promoting Seal Meat and Fur in China

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Shea said by telephone from China today. That's what we're doing in China. Now there is a marriage made in heaven, two countries with atrocious records on animal issues have come together. The EU was a small market for Canada. Of course, we're disappointed in their actions," Ms. That being said, there are many other markets out there. We're trying to expand on the market that's here." Maybe they can start trading them for bear gall bladders and tiger parts.

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Wet Birds

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A wet Grey-eyed Bulbul (Xishuangbanna, China). A wet Daurian Redstart (Shennongjia, China). Wet Orange-bellied Leafbird s (Tengchong, China). A wet Moustached Laughingthrush (Tengchong, China). A wet Blue-winged Minla (Tengchong, China).

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On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

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Let's deconstruct: Legal experts in China are proposing a ban on the eating of dogs and cats. He often has insight into why something might be different in action than what I think in theory when it comes to China.

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Report on Red Knots in China

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Or, to be more specific, a report (link is a PDF) on migratory Red Knots using the rapidly disappearing mudflats at Bohai Bay on the Yellow Sea about 190 km southeast of Beijing. The report was produced by Global Flyway Network. Asides

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Hornbills of Yunnan

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China is not that well-known for its hornbills, but in Yunnan province, on the border to Myanmar, some species can be found. Birding China hornbills yunnan

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Chongming Island in winter

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The many small ponds and waterways attract quite a few ducks, though presumably due to their China experience, they are extremely wary of people. These Eurasian Teal s know they are treading on thin ice in China. Birding China Chongming Shanghai winter

Nanhui, Shanghai in early spring 2020

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In fact, if I were to leave China right now, they would not let me back into the country. Birding China Nanhui Shanghai Spring MigrationWinter is not the greatest time for birding in Shanghai, and this year, there was no escaping to Southeast Asia due to Covid-19.

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Shanghai birds in April

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Birding China Nanhui ShanghaiIn April, many birds come to Shanghai, stay for a day or two and decide to move on. As all my cats are indoor animals, I do not feel particularly responsible or guilty for this.

Food

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That makes me a bit of an oddity here in China, where people share photos of their meals online and spend (by my rough estimate) about half of their lifetime talking and thinking about what to eat next. Birding China fish food Nanhui

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in September

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Birding China Nanhui pittaYou may remember – though I am pretty sure you do not, because who would – that my second-to-last blog post ended on a slightly disappointed note.

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Chinese Dogs Rescued En Route to Butcher

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A good story from China for once. exotic meats animal rescue Slaughterhouse dogs chinaThese dogs were rescued by Chinese activists before they could be slaughtered for meat. According to this article from the NPR site , such rescues are occuring more regularly as dogs are increasingly becoming pets.

The Metamorphosis

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Some people want Grey-headed Swamphens to be gone from Florida (photo taken in China, though). Fortunately, the birds are quite welcome by birders at Beihai Wetlands near Tengchong, Yunnan, China – not surprising given their attractive appearance.

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Grey2K Looks at Macau Racing Course

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There is only one greyhound racing course in Asia and that is in Macau which now belongs to China. greyhounds dog racing china macauAmerican organization Grey2K visited it and expressed concerns about treatment of the greyhounds both during their racing careers and once they are over.

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Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

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Birding bitterns China egrets herons Nanhui ShanghaiA few days ago, I saw a Yellow Bittern trapped in a fishing device. The bird got very nervous when I approached, trying to strike me with its beak through the net.

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Birding Shanghai in May

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Birding China May Nanhui ShanghaiDon`t worry – after having written about birding Shanghai in April a few weeks ago, I will not continue this theme for longer – not that much to write about in June and July. But May is a good time for birding here, and thus worth a post.

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Excellent Group for Animal Rights in Asia

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animal abuse animal cruelty china asiaI love this organization and have supported them for a few years now. Please consider Animals Asia for your future donations. They do important work.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in October

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Birding China Nanhui ShanghaiWhat an exciting title, isn`t it? I was thinking of something along the lines of “Sex and drugs and birds” first – probably a good way to increase readership … But it really is just the usual bunch of photos and irrelevant comments. Novelty is overrated. So, about birds. Good to see Siberian Rubythroat again after the summer break.

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No Marine Animal Protection from CITES

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It's unfortunate, but true, thanks primarily to Japan and China. Tags: CITES marine animals Japan china endangered species The opening line in this USA Today article says it all, "Every proposal to protect marine species at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in Doha, Qatar was voted down."

Birding in Nanhui, Shanghai in October 2019

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Despite not being rare in China, this was the first time for me to see Carrion Crow at Nanhui. Birding China migration Nanhui OctoberSometimes I am tired of words, tired of writing. So, this post just shows 25 birds I spotted at Nanhui (coastal Shanghai) in October 2019. Not all of them rare, but all of them interesting (at least for me). Black-faced Spoonbills sometimes winter at Nanhui, which is one reason why it would be such a shame if the place gets destroyed.

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