Fairy pitta threatened by dam plan in Taiwan

This video says about itself:

Fairy Pitta, singing male, Jeju island, Republic of South Korea, 4 June 2011

With the help of local birders I was able to watch this singing male for some time, as it was calling from a branch overhead. There is probably around 50 pairs on the island.

From BirdLife:

Dam raises global concerns over future of Fairy Pitta


The future of Fairy Pitta -among Asia’s most beautiful and enigmatic birds- is threatened by the construction of a dam that would flood 422 hectares of its forest habitat resulting in the destruction of a large part of the most important breeding area in the region.

The Hushan Dam Project, proposed for Taiwan’s Yunlin County, is the latest in a series of threats to the Huben-Hushan area which is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International on account of Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha and five species found only on Taiwan Island.

150 Fairy Pitta are known to breed in the Huben-Hushan IBA during summer months, making it a site of international importance for the long term survival of this globally threatened species. Fairy Pitta is listed as Vulnerable by BirdLife on account of recent global declines owing mainly to extensive deforestation in its breeding range across other parts of China and Japan.

“It is a fact that the forests within the Huben-Hushan IBA, where the dam has been planned, support the largest known breeding population of Fairy Pitta anywhere in the world,” said Dr Mike Rands, Chief Executive of BirdLife International. “This makes the protection of this habitat a global issue, about which we express great concern.”

The IBA also provides habitat for other important species including the Taiwan Partridge Arborophila crudigularis and Swinhoe’s Pheasant Lophura swinhoii – both endemic to the island. …

For further information on the Hushan Dam and advice on what you can do to help: visit here.

Amazing 3-minute video of a Fairy Pitta feeding its chicks: here.


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