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Huge Numbers of Shark Fins Harvested in Taiwan

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A local group claims Taiwan kills up to 3.86 million sharks each year for their fins.

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Little Terns breeding near Broome

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On one occasion we were able to identify an individual Little Tern that had arrived in Broome from Taiwan at this time of year. The population of Little Tern that visit from Asia breed in Asia and visit Australia in their non-breeding months.

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Birding Sepilok, Borneo (Part 2)

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I agree with eBird that the Asian Glossy Starling is “fierce-looking” Appropriately, it is an invasive species in places such as Taiwan, where some papers recommend reducing the population.

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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. 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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Birding Tengchong, Yunnan (again)

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A 2004 paper looking at the conflict between this owl and cold-water fish farmers in Taiwan found that owls were an issue at a quarter of the farms observed. From the restaurant roof, the owl presumably selects its dinner before swooping down and grabbing it without any help from the restaurant staff.

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Bird Found on Plane

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A songbird was found on a flight between Taiwan and Los Angeles and authorities believed it escaped from the custody of someone trying to smuggle it. The bird was not identified to species, which is kind of frustrating.

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Liberal or literal?

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The Collared Finchbill is found quite commonly in Taiwan, N Indochina and S China, but being present in Beijing would extend its range by over 450 miles to the north and eBird were keen to get some additional details when I tried to submit the sighting.

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