An endangered black-faced spoonbill was spotted at the Qilihai Wetland, which has become an important stop for migratory birds over the years, in north China's Tianjin Municipality.
The last sighting of a black-faced spoonbill in the wetland took place in 2018, and this is another sighting of the species five years later. The bird, with a black forehead, beak, and legs, was spotted among two white spoonbills as they foraged in shallow waters.
Black-faced spoonbills, listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and China's List of Wildlife under Special State Protection, enjoy fist-class protection in China.
In recent years, Tianjin continued its wetland conservation and restoration project. Up to now, 452 species of birds have been observed and recorded in Tianjin, 36 more than eight years ago.
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