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


Chinese Bamboo-Partridge

Bambusicola thoracica sonorivox

Endemic Subspecies

The Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (31 cm) is a medium-sized ground-dwelling bird with a brownish cap and grayish brown back, wings and tail.  The mantle and wings are covered with large chestnut spots.  The Taiwan subspecies sonorivox is very distinct from the mainland subspecies, having an entirely bluish gray forehead, face and upper breast, and a much smaller rufous throat patch.  The rest of the underparts are rufous-buff with extensive chestnut spotting on the flanks.  The iris is dark, the bill black and the legs grayish.  Sexes are similar, but the female usually lacks the spurs carried by the male.


The Chinese Bamboo-Partridge favors bamboo forests, woodlands, brushy areas and grassy scrub, where it feeds on seeds, nuts, leaves, shoots and some invertebrates.  Its well concealed nest is placed on the ground under a shrub, near the base of a tree, or in grass.   The female lays 3-7 eggs and incubates them alone.  The call of the Chinese Bamboo-Partridge has been described as "people pray, people pray, people pray” or "gee-koe-gwy, gee-koe-gwy, gee-koe-gwy".  It is a common resident of Taiwan at low to mid elevations.



References:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 2;

 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