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Results of Captive Breeding of the Japanese Crested Ibis (Nipponia Nippon) in 2006

July 10, 2006

On June 22, 2006, the last nestling of the Japanese Crested Ibis (Nipponia Nippon) born during the 2006 breeding season fledged out. This year, 9 pairs (2 new pairs in addition to the existing 7) have bred in the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center, and 18 nestlings have fledged out from the 46 eggs that were laid. The total population of the Japanese Crested Ibis on Sado Island reached 98.

In addition, natural breeding under captivity was conducted to increase the Japanese Crested Ibis's capability of natural breeding with an aim toward their future re-introduction to the wild. As a result, 14 eggs have been incubated naturally and the nestlings fledged successfully. Both the number of pairs that succeeded in natural breeding and the population born by natural breeding increased substantially this year.


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