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




Collared Owlet

Glaucidium brodiei pardalotum

Endemic subspecies

The Collared Owlet is a tiny (16 cm) owl with a  relatively large, rounded head and bright yellow eyes.  The body may be rufous brown or grayish overall, and is extensively barred with dark brown on the back, wings, tail and sides of the upper breast.  The lower breast and belly are white with distinct dark brown spots along the sides.  The head is spotted with creamy buff, and there is a brown bar across the white throat.  A buffy collar and two large orange and black “eyespots” are present on the back of the neck.

The Collared Owlet is the smallest owl in Taiwan.  The Taiwan subspecies pardalotum is darker overall than mainland forms.  This little owl may be seen during the day perched in a tree and can often be located by the “mobbing” behaviour of songbirds in the forest.  The Collared Owlet may hunt at all hours of the day, but is most active at dusk and at night, watching and listening from a high perch for its prey of small birds, rodents, lizards and large insects.  It flies with very rapid wingbeats and is capable of taking prey much larger than itself, such as barbets or large rodents.  Its call may be described as a mellow whistled “toot, toot-toot, toot” or “pho, pho-pho, pho”. 

The Collared Owlet nests in a tree cavity, in which the female usually lays four white eggs, and both adults feed the nestlings.  In Taiwan the Collared Owlet is a common year-round resident in forests and at forest edges.


References:  :  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 5; 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