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

Black-naped Monarch

Black Bulbul

Black Drongo

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

Black-throated Tit

Chinese Crested Tern

Fairy Pitta

Japanese White-eye

Malayan Night-heron


SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN “Endemic Subspecies of Taiwan birds—first impressions”, by N. J. Collar, from BirdingASIA No. 2, December 2004.  Presented with permission.  BirdingASIA is the bulletin of the Oriental Bird Club.  Please see our Links page for benefits of membership in the OBC.


Crested Serpent-Eagle

Spilornis cheela hoya


Endemic subspecies

The Crested Serpent-Eagle is a large, dark bird of prey with broad, rounded black and white wings, and a rather short tail. When the bird is seen in flight, the broad white wing band and broad whitish tail band are diagnostic.

Adult males and females look alike, having a distinctive, short black-and-white striped, fan-shaped crest lying on the nape. The flattened crest gives the bird a thick-necked, block-headed appearance. The upperparts are dark brown with fine white spots on their upper wing coverts and scapulars. The color of the feathers in the base-layer of their bellies is tealeaf brown mixed with some yellowish-brown spots. The belly, flanks and vent are spotted with white. The bird has bare yellow skin between the eye and black bill. The legs are yellow.
Crested Serpent-Eagle

The Crested Serpent-Eagles' call is a loud: "hu, hu, hu-liu, hu-liu" frequently given in flight. They are often seen soaring or perched on a branch or electric wire with a good view, watching for prey. Their diet consists primarily of snakes, lizards, rats, and sometimes crabs.

Crested Serpent-Eagles are common residents of Taiwan. They can be seen all year from low foothills to forests 2,500 meters above sea level. The best time to observe them is during their breeding season from March to June.


Reference : The complete guide to birds in Taiwan (Jin-yuan Wang)