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Ibis population in China increases to 130.

BEIJING, Aug. 5 Kyodo

The number of crested ibis, a species once feared to have died out, increased from 107 last year to 130 at the end of June, the China Daily reported Wednesday.

The Crested Ibis Protection and Observation Station in Shaanxi Province put six pairs of adult crested ibises on an experimental breeding program from March, the English-language newspaper said.

It said the birds produced 35 eggs, of which 25 were

artificially hatched. Two of the chicks died shortly after birth.

The crested ibis population had decreased sharply by the 1950s due to deforestation and the birds were thought to have become extinct until seven were found in mountainous areas of Shaanxi in 1981.

Although the endangered birds used to be found in large numbers in Japan and Germany, they currently live only in China.

The ibis, distinguished by its red head feathers, gray plumage and hooked beak, is designated an endangered species by the International Council for Bird Preservation.
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Date:Aug 10, 1998
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