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.



Black-browed Barbet

Megalaima oorti

Endemic subspecies

Black-browed BarbetTwenty centimeters in length, the Black-browed Barbet (nuchalis subspecies) is mainly bright green, with a blue back and neck; black circles with red spots around its eyes; and red spots on its nape.  The multitude of colorful green, yellow, blue, black, and red feathers earns the bird its alternate name: “Bird of Five Colors.”  Its other characteristics include a thick and heavy bill, large head, and short tail.

   The Black-browed Barbet is usually found in broad-leaved and secondary subtropical forests below 2,500 meters, resting in the upper and middle levels of the tree canopy.  Like most barbets, they sit motionless for long periods, giving their monotonous, repetitive call tok-tr-trrrrrrt call.  While they are easily identified by voice, their natural camouflage makes them difficult to see.

   Barbets are closely related to woodpeckers, and have the same arrangement of toes, 2 pointing forward, and 2 back, which enables them to cling to tree trunks.  They usually fly only for short distances.  Although they are omnivores, their favorite foods are berries, papayas and figs.

   Black-browed Barbets breed from April to June, nesting in tree cavities.  They may utilize an existing natural cavity, or use their stout bills to excavate a new one.  The male and female take turns incubating the eggs and rearing the chicks, which are fed a diet of insects and berries.

            The bird is also known in Taiwan as Muller’s Barbet.




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