Birding Shanghai in July 2023 – 10,000 Birds

Given how scorching and typically humid it’s in Shanghai in July, it’s a marvel there are any birds right here on this month, notably making an allowance for that the majority chicken nests should not air-conditioned. Nonetheless, a number of spend the summer season right here.

The Chinese language Hwamei is a second-level protected species in China – as a consequence, based on Chinese language regulation on wildlife safety, it’s prohibited for native individuals to seize and hold the species in captivity and not using a allow.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t appear to assist the Chinese language Hwamei a lot – a study reveals that this laws is usually ignored, and Hwamei keepers give the standard excuses akin 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 in all probability 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 example as an argument to not ban retaining Hwameis in captivity unlawful altogether however moderately simply to restrict the retaining. One of many causes acknowledged is “the advantages of the individuals” (not the birds). Hmm, I believe I disagree with the creator.

As well as, whereas there may be restricted or no authorized commerce of Chinese language Hwameis to different nations, the species remains to be available in chicken markets in nations akin to Thailand and Indonesia (supply) – poor chicken.

Whereas I simply wrote a put up concerning the Amur Paradise Flycatcher and one in all its shut family members, this isn’t a cause to not present some extra images of the species.

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

And that’s it for Shanghai for this month, at the least from me – other than the warmth and the relative lack of birds, one more reason 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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