Birding in Taiwan



Birds in Taiwan

Endemic Species

Collared Bush-Robin


Formosan Magpie

Formosan Whistling-Thrush

Mikado Pheasant

Steere's Liocichla

Styan's Bulbul

Swinhoe's Pheasant

Taiwan Barwing

Taiwan Bush-Warbler

Taiwan Partridge

Taiwan Yuhina

White-eared Sibia

White-whiskered Laughingthrush

Yellow Tit


Endemic Sub-Species

Black-browed Barbet

Bronzed Drongo

Collared Finchbill

Crested Serpent-Eagle


Oriental Skylark

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Vinaceous Rosefinch


More Birds in Taiwan

Black-faced Spoonbill

Black-naped Oriole

Chinese Crested Tern

Fairy Pitta

Japanese White-eye

Malayan Night-heron


Black-faced Spoonbill

Platalea minor

Black-faced SpoonbillThe Black-faced Spoonbill is a large wading bird. Males and females look alike, with long, black bills and black facial skin. During the breeding season adult birds also develop yellow ornamental feathers on the head and breast, and yellow patches of skin under the eyes.

Black-faced Spoonbills inhabit seashores, estuaries, and areas near fish farms. They feed mainly on small fish and shrimp by striding quickly along, sweeping their partly open, spoon-shaped bill from side to side through the water, feeling for aquatic animals to seize. Often, a bird will scoop up some food, toss it into the air, and catch in its mouth.

In September, migrant Black-faced Spoonbills begin to congregate in reclaimed land near the Tsengwen River mouth near the city of Tainan, to pass the winter. During the day, they rest together in groups; at dusk, they begin to search for food. There is a well-developed viewing station near Chiku where spoonbill viewing has become a major activity, with 2,000 to 3,000 people visiting each week during the fall, winter, and early spring. In late March or early April, the birds leave to return to their breeding areas.

In the early 1990's, the Black-faced Spoonbill was almost extinct. Since then, its numbers have increased to about 1,200, due to habitat protection. However, it is still an endangered species. The primary breeding area is on rocky islands off the coast of Korea and its entire range is limited to eastern Asia. Approximately 2/3 of the world population winters in Taiwan's Tsengwen River estuary.

Black-faced Spoonbill


Black-faced Spoonbill Photo Gallery