Szutsao Wildlife Sanctuary
The Szutsao area consists of marshes and dry land gradually created from
sediments left after a river changed its course in the past. Although the
marshlands at Szutsao were at one time developed for the purpose
of making salt by evaporation, the area still preserves its wetlands character.
Every year many migratory birds winter here or stop temporarily to gain strength
before continuing their journey. It is considered a relay station along migration
routes throughout Asia and Australia. Because Szutsao is one of Taiwan's twelve
largest wetland areas and possesses international significance for the cause of
wildlife conservation, it has been set aside as a wildlife sanctuary in order to
protect its ecological resources.
Of the more than 160 species of birds sighted at Szutsao, migratory birds constitute
the greatest number of species and individuals -approximately 75% -- with the
rest being resident species. Many birds rest here, seek food, and replenish their
strength during the great southward migration of waterfowl from September to
November of every year; some migratory birds spend the entire winter here.
Numerous birds also pass through this area during the northward migration from
the end of March through the middle of May. Among the several dozen protected
species of birds that frequent Szutsao is the threatened black-faced spoonbill.
Providing Source ĄG Department of Construction and Planning Administration Ministry of Interior
File Last Revised ĄG Feb.8.1996
Contact Phone ĄG 886-2-7374701EX283