Birding in Taiwan



Birds in Taiwan

Endemic Species

Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler

Buffy Laughingthrush

Collared Bush-Robin


Formosan Magpie

Formosan Whistling-Thrush

Mikado Pheasant

Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush

Steere's Liocichla

Styan's Bulbul

Swinhoe's Pheasant

Taiwan Barwing

Taiwan Bush-Warbler

Taiwan Fulvetta

Taiwan Hwamei

Taiwan Partridge

Taiwan Scimitar Babbler

Taiwan Wren Babbler

Taiwan Yuhina

White-eared Sibia

White-whiskered Laughingthrush

Yellow Tit


Endemic Sub-Species

Alpine Accentor


Black-browed Barbet

Black-naped Monarch

Black Bulbul

Black Drongo

Bronzed Drongo

Brown Bullfinch

Brown-eared Bulbul

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge

Collared Finchbill

Collared Scops-Owl

Collared Owlet

Crested Goshawk

Crested Serpent-Eagle

Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Nutcracker

Gray-cheeked Fulvetta

Gray Treepie

 Grey-headed Bullfinch

Green-backed Tit


Island Thrush

Lanyu’ Scops-Owl

Mountain Scops-Owl

Oriental Skylark

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Whistling Green-Pigeon

White-bellied Green-Pigeon

White-browed Bush-Robin

White-browed Shortwing

White-tailed Robin

Winter Wren

Vinous-throated Parrotbill


More Birds in Taiwan

Black-faced Spoonbill

Black-naped Oriole

Black-throated Tit

Black-winged Stilt

Chinese Crested Tern

Common Kingfisher

Common Moorhen

Daurian Redstart

Fairy Pitta

Gray-chinned Minivet

Gray-faced Buzzard

Gray Heron

Greater Painted-Snipe

Japanese White-eye

Little Forktail

Malayan Night-heron

Red Collared-Dove

Spot-billed Duck

Spotted Dove

White-breasted Waterhen



Formosan Magpie

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An elongated (63–69 cm) blue magpie.  The long tail accounts for some 40 cm of this length.  The body plumage is rich azure-blue, with black head, neck, throat and breast, red beak and feet, and yellow iris.  Two very long white-tipped feathers protrude from the tail. 

Like other members of the corvidae family (crows, jays and magpies), Formosan Magpies are intelligent.  They live in deciduous hill forests at low and middle elevations up to 1800m, but sometimes descending as low as 50 m in winter.  The breeding season is April to August.   A social breeder; their shallow nests are constructed of twigs, placed in tall trees.  Clutch size 4–7 eggs.

Formosan Magpies feed on a variety of foods, including fruits, insects, lizards, snakes, bird's eggs, birds, and small mammals.  They especially like papayas, persimmons, and other fruits, when they can find them.  They give a metallic call of "ge-- kang, kang, kang."

Parties of Formosan Magpies often fly in the so-called "long-tailed formation," with each bird flying one after the other in a magnificent troop.

Relatively uncommon to locally common through their main range.  Absent from cleared western lowlands.

Local common name:  long-tailed mountain lady.


References:  The Complete Guide to Birds in Taiwan, Jin-yuan Wang

                       Endemic Species of Taiwan, compiled by Greenland Ecology Conservation Association of R.O.C.



Formosan Magpie by Wang Chen-Wen