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

Collared Finchbill

Collared Scops-Owl

Crested Goshawk

Crested Serpent-Eagle

Eurasian Jay


Island Thrush

Lanyu’ Scops-Owl

Oriental Skylark

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Vinaceous Rosefinch

White-browed Shortwing


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

White-breasted Waterhen


Collared Scops-Owl

Otus lettia glabripes

Endemic subspecies

 This is a small owl (24 cm.) with prominent ear tufts. The facial disc is gray, edged with blackish brown.  Upperparts are brownish or grayish, mottled and spotted with buff and black.  There is a pale, sandy collar on the hindneck and the eyebrows are grayish brown, this colour extending to include the ear tufts.  Underparts are buff, finely streaked with black.  The iris is dark brown, the bill is greenish gray and the feet are yellowish.  The glabripes subspecies of Taiwan is whiter on the lower facial disc and has less buff on the upperparts than the mainland subspecies.


The Collared Scops-Owl hunts at night, waiting from a low perch for small vertebrates or large insects, which it then pounces upon.  During the breeding season the male calls persistently a rising “woop”, while females give a descending “wheoo” or “pwok”.  These small owls usually nest in a natural tree hollow or woodpecker hole, and will also use nesting boxes.  In Taiwan the Collared Scops-Owl is fairly common in forested areas, including treed areas near towns. 



References:  A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps); N. J. Collar, “Endemic subspecies of Taiwan birds—first impressions”, in Birding ASIA, Number 2, December 2004;

100 Common Birds of Taiwan (Wild Bird Society of Taipei)