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

Daurian Redstart


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

Fairy Pitta

Gray-chinned Minivet

Gray Heron

Japanese White-eye

Malayan Night-heron


Gray-chinned Minivet

Pericrocotus solaris

The males of this small (18 cm), colorful bird have an ashy gray head, back, ear-coverts and cheeks, a black line through the eye, and black central tail feathers.  The griseogularis subspecies found in southeastern China and Taiwan has a gray chin and a grayish throat tinged yellow-olive. The underparts, lower back, rump and sides of tail are bright reddish orange.  The wings have a jagged patch of color formed by the reddish tips of the greater coverts and a band across some of the primary feathers.  The bill and legs are black.  The female Gray-chinned Minivet has black areas replaced by dark gray-brown, the lower back and rump are greenish-yellow, and the wing patch and underparts are bright yellow.


The Gray-chinned Minivet prefers open forest, forest edge and secondary growth.  It feeds on insects, foraging in the canopy of the forest, picking prey from the terminal foliage, and also making short flights to capture flying termites and other insects.  Its calls include a repeated, thin “tswee-seet” and soft “trip” and “trii-ii” notes when foraging.  The Gray-chinned Minivet is resident year-round in Taiwan, breeding between April and July.  The male and female together build a small cup nest of twigs, roots and grass stems bound with cobwebs, placed high on a branch or in the fork of a tree in the forest.  The female lays three eggs, and both sexes tend the young.  Gray-chinned Minivets are especially common in the northern and eastern parts of Taiwan, at elevations of 200 to 2,500 meters.



References:  The Complete Guide to Birds in Taiwan (Jin-yuan Wang);  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 10