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




White-tailed Robin

Myiomela leucura montium

Endemic subspecies


The male White-tailed Robin (18 cm) is very distinctive with its overall blue-black colour, its cobalt-blue forehead and shoulder patch, and white patches in the tail, which include the basal two-thirds of the outer tail feathers.  The bill and iris are black.  The female is brownish overall, with a thin whitish band across the throat and the same tail pattern.  The Taiwan subspecies montium is slightly smaller than mainland forms, and the female is more olive-toned and less buffy-brown on the breast.

The White-tailed Robin prefers dense undergrowth of moist evergreen broadleaf forest, often near running water.  It feeds on insects and berries, foraging mainly on the ground or in low foliage.  It is very secretive and appears blackish in its shady habitat, except for the white in the tail, which it constantly opens and shuts.  In Taiwan the White-tailed Robin is an uncommon resident of medium to high-elevation broadleaf forests year-round, descending to lower elevations in winter.


References:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 10; A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps); 100 Common Birds of Taiwan (Wild Bird Society of Taipei); N. J. Collar, “Endemic subspecies of Taiwan birds—first impressions”, in Birding ASIA, Number 2, December 2004