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"Oriental Jewel, Lucky Bird"-crested ibis seen everywhere in 5 cities, 16 counties (districts) of Shaanxi

On January 16, along the Tianyu River in Louguan Scenic Area, Xi'an, for the first time, people saw crested ibises, alongside egrets, herons and other birds, forage, repose and fly leisurely on the river.

In the 1980s, the world's seven remaining wild crested ibises were discovered in Yangxian, Shaanxi, hence their fate has drawn worldwide attention. In the past three decades, Shaanxi has strengthened crested ibis rescue and artificial breeding research, and developed field protection and artificial breeding synchronously, to make crested ibis grow rapidly in number, improve steadily in quality and gradually be rescued from the endangered situation.

Now crested ibises are constantly growing in species and residing in China, Japan and South Korea. There are more than 2,600 crested ibises in China, including more than 1,800 wild and released ones. The range of crested ibises in Shaanxi has extended from Yangxian to 16 counties (districts) of five cities: Hanzhong, Ankang, Baoji, Tongchuan and Xi'an. The habitat area of wild crested ibises has extended from less than 5 square kilometers at the time of discovery to more than 14,000 square kilometers now.

As one of the oldest bird species in the world, crested ibis is called a "living fossil" and known as "Oriental jewel". It is a rare beautiful bird of high protection and viewing value. It is favored for its gentleness, unique feather colors and elegant posture. It is seen as a symbol of good luck and referred to as a "lucky bird".

Located in the southern slope of Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi, with a total area of 37,549 hectares, Shaanxi Hanzhong Crested Ibis National Nature Reserve is under the jurisdiction of Hanzhong, and spans Yangxian County and Chenggu County.

Suggestion: Come to Yangxian for crested ibises in the spring when you can see 120,000 mu of rape flowers and 10,000 mu of pear flowers in full blossom.