Several reed parrotbills have been found recently at the Dazong Lake Scenic Area in Yandu district, Yancheng city, Jiangsu province, with the adults measuring about 18 cm long, according to an employee at the scenic area.
Being a global endangered species only found in China, reed parrotbills are as rare as giant pandas. The reed parrotbill species has been around for over 450 million years, and was once a “neighbor” of dinosaurs. Therefore, it is also hailed as a “living fossil” bird species. The first specimen of the reed parrotbill was collected in Nanjing. Reed parrotbills have been listed in the BirdLife International Red Data Book as a globally endangered bird species.
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