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Undoubtedly Hong Kong's finest site for forest birds, Tai Po Kau is one of the most productive birding venues in the territory, with around 250 species recorded. It is also one of Hong Kong's wilder places, where the call of the Crested Serpent Eagle can be heard regularly.
By the early 20th Century much of Hong Kong's forest had been harvested for fuel and building, leaving most hillsides bare. Replanting of the area began in 1926 when the colonial government began afforestation in the New Territories. As the replanted forest has matured, a series of species have colonised (or re-colonised) the central New Territories. The latest bird to take up residence is the Chinese Barbet, a resident of southern China which has apparently spread eastward from Guangxi. According to local expert Richard Lewthwaite, the presence of Chinese Barbets is an indicator of forest qua .....Read More
Taxonomic update 2021 complete
We are happy to announce that the eBird/Clements taxonomic update 2021 is now fully implemented on Orniverse. This means that in all reports and site descriptions (list of top species), recent splits and lumps have been executed and name changes have been implemented on the entire platform. Nevertheless, Orniverse knows most older names and synonyms, so if you are searching for a species in one of the search boxes you will almost certainly find the one you are looking for. The upload of eBird checklists to create your reports should now work flawlessly again. Let us know if you experience any problems. We have also updated the list of endemic species for each country (search for a country on Orniverse to see full list of endemics). Indonesia has gained 12 endemics, followed by Peru with +8 endemics.
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