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




Gray-cheeked Fulvetta

Alcippe morrisonia morrisonia

Endemic subspecies

The Gray-cheeked Fulvetta is a small (12 cm), active bird with olive-brown upperparts, a gray head and buffy underparts.  It has a conspicuous wide white eye-ring, a black iris, gray bill and pinkish legs.  Sexes are alike.  The differences between the Taiwan race morrisonia and the adjacent mainland race hueti are very small, and the distinct status of the Taiwan subspecies is therefore questionable.

Gray-cheeked Fulvettas reside in forests and groves from low elevations to upper mountain slopes.  They feed mainly on insects, and occasionally on berries, foraging mostly in the lower to mid levels of the forest, and to a lesser extent in the upper levels.  The call is described as a hoarse “chi chi chi”, though in the breeding season their song is a sweeter whistling “ji-ju ji-ju”, usually followed by a long squeaking note.  The Gray-cheeked Fulvetta is a noisy, inquisitive bird which is often found in mixed-species flocks with babblers, yuhinas and tits outside of the breeding season.

The breeding season for Gray-cheeked Fulvettas lasts from April to June.  Their nests, located in trees, are built of various plant materials including leaves, bark and mosses.  The Gray-cheeked Fulvetta is a common resident of Taiwan year-round, and in winter is readily found at elevations below 2,500 m.



References:  A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps);  The Complete Guide to Birds in Taiwan (Jin-yuan Wang); 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