KUNMING, February 22, Xinhua -- Three purple swamphens have been spotted at the Puzhehei wetland in Qiubei County in southwest China's Yunnan Province, according to the local forestry bureau on Monday.

With blue and purple plumage, a red beak and yellow feet, the purple swamphen is considered by many to be the most beautiful water bird in the world.

"This is the first sighting of the purple swamphen at Puzhehei," said Ji Jun from Qiubei Forestry Bureau. "Though widely distributed throughout the world, they have only been found in a few areas in China's southwest Yunnan Province and southeast Fujian Province."

The Puzhehei wetland has seen its bird population grow under a 20-million-yuan (three million U.S. dollars) investment from Qiubei County Government to protect the environment.

The area has more than 140 bird species, accounting for 10 percent of the country's total bird species.

JIUJIANG, February 19, Xinhua -- Poyang Lake is Asia's largest wintering habitat for migratory birds. Hundreds of thousands of birds winter here every year. (Xinhua/Yang Fan)

thumb Forestry Public Security - 2.20 Gray cranes seen at wetland nearby Poyang Lake in E China

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CHONGQING, February 4, Xinhua -- A male south China tiger cub was born on January 18, 2016.

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A newborn south China tiger cub is seen at an incubator of the Chongqing Zoo in Chongqing, southwest China, Feb. 4, 2016. (Xinhua/Tang Yi)

LHASA, January 23, Xinhua -- Wild snow leopards were caught on camera in a Tibetan county at the north face of Mt. Qomolangma, suggesting that the endangered species also lives at the mountain, researchers said on Friday.

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BEIJING, January 20 -- There were 2936 times forest fires occurred in 2015 in China, (the general level accounting for 57%), with 12940 ha forests being damaged, 26 people being injured or dead, which respectively declined by 20.7%,32.3% and 76.8% comparing with the occurrences in 2014. The number of forest fires declined for 7 successive years, and comparing with 2008, it declined by 79.2%.

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