Birding Shanghai in July 2023 – 10,000 Birds


Given how scorching and generally humid it’s in Shanghai in July, it’s a marvel there are any birds right here on this month, significantly considering that almost all fowl nests should not air-conditioned. Nonetheless, a couple of spend the summer time right here.

The Chinese language Hwamei is a second-level protected species in China – as a consequence, based on Chinese language legislation on wildlife safety, it’s prohibited for native folks to seize and hold the species in captivity with no allow.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t appear to assist the Chinese language Hwamei a lot – a research reveals that this laws is usually ignored, and Hwamei keepers give the same old excuses similar to advantages for the neighborhood members’ well being, cultural heritage and contributions to native livelihoods (at the least the final two of those arguments are most likely additionally cited by US jail guards as an argument to not scale back the US jail inhabitants).

Unusually, the creator of the research makes use of this case as an argument to not ban holding Hwameis in captivity unlawful altogether however somewhat simply to restrict the holding. One of many causes acknowledged is “the advantages of the folks” (not the birds). Hmm, I believe I disagree with the creator.

As well as, whereas there’s restricted or no authorized commerce of Chinese language Hwameis to different international locations, the species continues to be available in fowl markets in international locations similar to Thailand and Indonesia (supply) – poor fowl.

Whereas I simply wrote a put up concerning the Amur Paradise Flycatcher and considered one of its shut kinfolk, this isn’t a motive to not present some extra photographs of the species.

For those who ever needed to know the way it feels to swim in a bowl during which salad is being washed, you may wish to ask these Little Grebes.

And that’s it for Shanghai for this month, at the least from me – aside from the warmth and the relative lack of birds, another excuse for the shortness of this put up is that I spent half of the month in Borneo. Guess what I did there.


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