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


Eurasian Jay

Garrulus glandarius taivanus

Endemic subspecies

 The Eurasian Jay is a small (33 cm) member of the crow family.  Its breast, back, scapulars and lesser coverts are grayish brown, its head a brighter pinkish brown.  It bears a conspicuous, broad black moustache mark extending from the base of the bill.  The primary flight feathers and tail are black, while the outer secondaries and greater and median wing coverts are black with bright blue bars,  the blue showing as a patch on the folded wing.  The lower belly and rump are white.  The Taiwan subspecies taivanus is smaller and smaller-billed than the mainland Chinese subspecies, and has black nasal tufts and fine streaking immediately above the tufts.  It is whiter on the lower belly and grayer on the scapulars.


The Eurasian Jay is a noisy bird of deciduous woodlands and forests which often gathers in small groups to mob raptors.  It feeds on fruits, acorns, birds’ eggs and carrion.  It is a common year-round resident in the mountain regions of central Taiwan.



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