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ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI 赵仁辉
b. 1983, works and lives in Singapore

In 2002, a Chinese blue magpie, whose native range is in the Western Himalayas, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, was spotted in Wuling Farm in Heping Township, Taichung County. It is believed to have escaped from a private enclosure. By 2006, 10 individuals were spotted in the vicinity.

Some scientists were concerned that this species might threaten the survival of the native Taiwan blue magpie. The two species were believed to be from the same family that branched off several million years ago. Now they have slight differences: the red-billed blue magpie has red eyes, a white neck and chest, while the blue magpie has yellow eyes, a black neck and blue chest.

When it was discovered that the two species were interbreeding, scientists were worried that this would further threaten the survival of the native blue magpie and contaminate its unique genes. In 2007, a removal plan of the Chinese blue magpie was launched and the population of the invasive species was successfully controlled.

Related Exhibitions:
Taipei Biennial 2018 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 11.17, 2018 -03.10, 2019


Related Works:
ZRH_0205
1st May 2018, Taiwan Blue Magpie, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to fly, Taipei
ZRH_6050
Disturbances
ZRH_7420
Spotted Tree Frogs (Polypedates megacephalus) collected in a single night
ZRH_0355
European Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
ZRH_1101
The Antipodean Albatross (​​Diomedea antipodensis)
ZRH_2890
The Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
ZRH_9685
White-lipped Tree Frog (Polypedates braueri)
ZRH_4806
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
ZRH_6499
3rd August 2018, Taiwan Whistling Thrush, Juvenile, Fallen out of Nest, Unable to Stand, Near a Home, Taipei
ZRH_8927
14th December 2017, Daurian Redstart, Adult, Human Causes (Sticky Mouse Trap), Hsinchu
ZRH_2885
Tilapia (A National Treasure)
ZRH_7071
16th May 2018, Javan Mynah, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to Fly, Taipei
ZRH_8690
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
ZRH_9401
6th August 2018, Taiwan Barbet, Juvenile, Human Cause, Tree Removal, Hsinchu
ZRH_6845
The Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
ZRH_2152
11th October 2017, Red-necked Phalarope, Adult, Left Wing Fracture, Taipei


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