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

Collared Finchbill

Crested Goshawk

Crested Serpent-Eagle


Lanyu’ Scops-Owl

Oriental Skylark

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Vinaceous Rosefinch


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 Heron

Japanese White-eye

Malayan Night-heron


Crested Goshawk

Accipiter trivirgatus formosae

Endemic subspecies


Endemic subspecies.  The Crested Goshawk is a large (42-46 cm; female larger than male) hawk with a dark-brown back, brown tail with four wide black bands, and brownish black head and neck.  The back of the head carries a slight crest.  The throat is white with a conspicuous black central (mesial) stripe from chin to breast.   The undertail is white, the breast is vertically streaked rufous, and the belly is marked with horizontal dark brown bands.   The iris, legs and feet are yellow.

The nest of the Crested Goshawk is a massive structure of sticks lined with leaves, usually placed in dense trees in hilly country.  The female usually lays two bluish white eggs, and both parents share in incubation of the eggs and feeding of the young.  The Crested Goshawk feeds on small mammals, lizards, frogs, large insects and birds.  It usually watches from a perch in the forest, capturing prey after a short, rapid attack.   The Crested Goshawk is fairly common in forested mountainous areas of central and eastern Taiwan.


References:  A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps);  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 2