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


Possible Future Full Species


Endemic Sub-Species

Alpine Accentor


Black Bulbul

Black Drongo

Black-browed Barbet

Black-naped Monarch

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 Treepie

Gray-cheeked Fulvetta

 Gray-headed Bullfinch

Green-backed Tit


Island Thrush

Lanyu’ Scops-Owl

Mountain Scops-Owl

Oriental Skylark

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

 Rusty Laughingthrush

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Streak-throated Fulvetta

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Vinous-throated Parrotbill

Whistling Green-Pigeon

White-bellied Green-Pigeon

White-browed Bush-Robin

White-browed Shortwing

White-tailed Robin

White-throated Laughingthrush

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

Spot-billed Duck

Spotted Dove

White-breasted Waterhen



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.



Alpine Accentor

Prunella collaris fennelli

Endemic subspecies


Endemic subspecies.  The Alpine Accentor is a small (18 cm) bird with a short, straight, fairly thin bill, a grey head and breast, and flanks heavily mottled bright chestnut.  Sexes are alike.  Alpine Accentors breed in mountain ranges, from alpine meadows above the tree-line up to the snow-line.  In winter they may be found at lower elevations in rocky and scrubby habitats.  Their diet consists mainly of insects, some spiders, earthworms and other invertebrates and, especially in fall and winter, various plant seeds.  They usually feed on the ground, among rocks, grasses, moss and lichens.

In breeding season (May-Aug.), males sing a loud, melodious song lasting as long as 10 sec.  They usually sing from the ground, perched on a prominent rock, but also in flight.  The nest is built by the female, and consists of a cup made from grass, moss and plant stems, and is lined with feathers and hair.  It is situated on the ground, usually in a rock crevice or near a rock or grass clump.  The three or four eggs are incubated by the female, but the male may share in feeding the young.  The Alpine Accentor is a fairly common resident at higher elevations in the central mountains of Taiwan, breeding above the tree-line.


Reference:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 10