Re ECF Project: 2008-04

Project Title: Studying landbirds in important bird habitats of Hong Kong, especially in the IBAs

Applicant: The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (Dr. Cheung Ho-fai)

Total Approved Grant: $490,750

Duration: 02/10/2008 to 31/12/2010

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

To conduct a systematic and scientific landbird survey in important bird habitats to understand the real picture of bird trends in the important bird habitats. The census will cover every species including breeding and wintering birds throughout the year.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The cumulative number of landbird species recorded since the commencement of the period in all six sites was 202 species. A total of 154 species in "Tai Po Kau, Shing Mun and Tai Mo Shan" and 125 species in part of "Inner Deep Bay and Shenzhen River catchment area" were recorded in these two IBA areas. In three woodland sites, the number of species was quite similar at around 112 in Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, 113 in Shing Mun Country Park and 122 in Ng Tung Chai. The number of bird species recorded at the summit of Tai Mo Shan was 84. For farmland and wetland species, there were124 species in Mai Po Nature Reserve and surrounding areas and 99 species in Kam Tin, Mai Po Nature Reserve and surrounding areas showed the highest bird diversity while Tai Mo Shan showed the lowest bird diversity.

This landbird study also contributed to the baseline information of species of conservation concern species. 7 globally threatened and near-threatened species (Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga, Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca, Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias brunneata, Yellowbreasted Bunting Emberiza aureola, Chinese Grassbird Graminicola striatus, Japanese Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone atrocaudata and Collared Crow Corvus torquatus), 12 species which are recorded in the List of National Key Protected Wildlife (such as Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus, White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster and Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica) and 46 local conservation concern species (such as Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus, Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis and Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus) were recorded.