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CONSERVATION OF RARE BIRDS SPECIES IN TRA VINH PROVINCE

Updated: Jan 10, 2023



Photo # 1: Threskiornis melanocephalus (Cò quắm đầu đen)

Tra Vinh Forestry authorities has implemented basic work to initiate a conservation project of vulnerable birds in the province since October 2022. Up to now, no statistics has been made, causing no clear approaches are deployed to protect these species.


The statistics of bird species are planned from October to December 2022 in districts of Cau Ngang, Chau Thanh, and ……. An overall budget and relevant approaches will be submitted to the local government for consideration and perhaps, funding from private sectors should be invited.

Photo # 2: Cormorant (Chim cốc)


Apparently, mangroves and birds are very related. Mangrove forests are natural habitat and food sources for the birds. It’s becoming clear that rice paddy fields are not safe for them any more. Farming land is seriously contaminated by chemical fertilizers. Those are also risky for being hunted when they are present in the fields.


As communicated by the Forestry officers, the province has many birds which are needed to protect urgently. Some of them are grey herons (or Ardea cinerea), painted storks (ibis leucocephalus), cormorant, Anhinga melanogaster, and Gorsachius magnificus. In Tra Vinh province, those rare species are seen at Hang pagoda in Chau Thanh district, and Cò pagoda in Tra Cu district. During the day time, they look for food in swamps, mangrove forests and fly to the pagodas for resting during night time.


Our MangLub VN team is lucky to learn about this project at the very beginning. We are interested in following up and will see if any support is needed.


The photos below were taken during the field trips in October 2022.



Photo # 3: Gorsachius magnificus (Vạc đốm sọc)



Photo # 4: grey herons (or Ardea cinerea) (Diệc xám)



Photo # 5: grey herons (or Ardea cinerea) (Diệc xám)



Photo # 6: Painted storks (ibis leucocephalus) (Cò lạo Ấn Độ)


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