A series of hilarious photos of black-winged kite released stirring a hot discussion in Taiwan on social media.
The angle of the camera placed on the “raptor perch” is not right, capturing plenty of hilarious photos of black-winged kites.
With the assistance of Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, the laboratory focuses on birds research from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology has begun promoting the use of “raptor perch,” which not only allows the birds to perch but also these raptors help hunt rodent in the farm field. This lets the farmers reduce using rodenticide which is accused of harming the environment.
According to the lab’s Facebook, the reason why raptor perch works is that raptors like to stand at a higher point; therefore, installing such perch in a wild filed can attract raptors to stop on it. They are especially targeting to attract black-winged kite who favors hunting the rodent. Less rodenticide is used, fewer raptors are poisoned. Raptor perch launches a positive ecological cycle in the farmland.
Furthermore, the lab found that farmers like to use carbofuran, one of the most toxic pesticides, when growing red bean. The pesticide results in the death of birds, which also leads to the death of raptors. The institution, therefore, started to promote “raptor friendly red bean,” which is grown without using carbofuran in 2014. From 2014 to 2018, the number of the black-winged kite in Kaohsiung-Pingtung area has increased from 185 to 250, making the total number of the kite in Taiwan around 600. The number is steadily increasing.
By Carol Kan