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



Mikado Pheasant

Syrmaticus mikado




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            Male is a large, elegant, blackish, long-tailed pheasant with distinct glossy purple-blue edges to feathers of mantle, breast and rump, forming conspicuous scalloped pattern against sooty-black feather centers.  Pointed tail black with white bars.  Wings black with conspicuous white bar and white tips to secondaries and tertials.  Bare orbital skin is crimson.  The female is smaller, mottled gray below, brown with mottling of reddish and black with white streaks above.  Iris, brown; bill, grayish; legs, greenish.

            Uncommon resident of central mountains.  Inhabits forest with dense undergrowth and bamboo on steep mountain slopes 1,800–3,300 m and possibly higher.

            Shy and secretive; keeps to dense forest in lower conifer and mixed forest zone, or bamboo forests and scrub on steep slopes.  Varied diet includes fern shoots, berries, flower buds, and insects.  The nest is made of bamboo stalks and dry leaves on the trunk or in branches of a fallen tree, or on the ground.  Clutch size; 5–10 eggs; incubation 28 days.

            Mikado Pheasant is considered Near-threatened.  Heavy hunting pressure was a problem for it in the past.  Declining outside of protected areas due to habitat loss, but its high-altitude habitats are relatively secure.

            Local common names include:  black pheasant, long black-tailed pheasant, sea pheasant, king of the mist.



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