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

Alpine Accentor

Black-browed Barbet

Black-naped Monarch

Black Bulbul

Black Drongo

Bronzed Drongo

Brown-eared Bulbul

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge

Collared Finchbill

Collared Scops-Owl

Crested Goshawk

Crested Serpent-Eagle

Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Nutcracker

Gray Treepie


Island Thrush

Lanyu’ 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 Shortwing

Winter Wren


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

Spotted Dove

White-breasted Waterhen


Red Collared-Dove

Streptopelia tranquebarica


The Red Collared-Dove or Red Turtle-Dove is a small (23 cm) dove in which the male has a bluish gray head, a prominent black collar on the nape and vinaceous-red mantle, back, wing-coverts and underparts.  The flight feathers are black, the tail is grayish centrally and blackish on the sides, with the outermost pair of feathers having white edges.   The undertail coverts are white, the bill is black or dark grayish and the legs and feet are purplish black or purplish red.  The female looks quite different: she is drab brown where the male is vinaceous-red, and brownish gray on the head.

The Red Collared-Dove inhabits open country with trees, scrub and dry forests; it may also be seen at forest edges near farms and sugar cane fields.  Its diet consists of a variety of grains including rice and maize, seeds of grasses and herbs, buds and young leaves.  Most food is taken on the ground.  The call of the Red Collared-Dove is described as "cru-u-u-u-u" or "goo-goo-goo", repeated several times.  Like many doves, this species builds a flimsy platform nest of twigs, placed usually 3-8 m. high in a tree or bush.  Usually two eggs are laid.  The Red Collared-Dove is a common and wide-spread resident of Taiwan year-round.



References:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 4; A Field Guide to the Birds of China  (Mackinnon and Phillipps); 100 Common Birds of Taiwan (Wild Bird Society of Taipei)