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Black-necked cranes flock to northwest China

According to the observation statistics from local ecological conservators, an average of more than 230 black-necked cranes, a first-class protected species in China, have gathered in the Jiatang grassland every day since mid-March. On April 4, more than 320 black-necked cranes were observed at three observation points on the grassland.

The Jiatang grassland boasts a combination of swamps, wetlands and alpine meadows. In recent years, the ecological condition has continued to improve and the ecosystems suitable for black-necked cranes, such as the wetlands, have been expanding.

The black-necked crane is the only kind of crane that inhabits and reproduces high up on plateaus. The rare birds arrive in Jiatang grassland every year in March and then migrate south in October.

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