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

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Whistling Green-Pigeon

White-bellied Green-Pigeon

White-browed Shortwing

Winter Wren


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

Spotted Dove

White-breasted Waterhen


Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

The Spotted Dove (30 cm) has a light gray head, pinkish-brown underparts and brown back, wings and tail.  The feathers of the back have pale edges, giving a subtle scaly appearance, and the tail is fairly long with broad white tips on the outer feathers.  There is a bright black and white checkered patch on the sides and back of the neck, from which it derives its name "Spotted".  Its bill is black and its legs and feet purplish red.  Sexes are alike.  The formosae  subspecies, listed by some authorities, is not included in the Handbook of Birds of the World (Lynx Edicions), and probably does not merit separation from the very similar mainland Chinese chinensis subspecies.

The Spotted Dove is found in a variety of habitats including lowlands, moist deciduous forests and human-created environments such as gardens, cultivated areas and parks.    Its call has been described as "krookruk-krukoo" or  ter-kuk-kurr", with emphasis on the last syllable.  The Spotted Dove is usually found in pairs or small groups and feeds mainly on seeds, including grain, taken on the ground.  The nest of the Spotted Dove is a loose platform of twigs and grass stems, often placed low in a bush or tree, and usually two eggs are laid.  The breeding period is between February and July in Taiwan, where it is a common resident year-round, and is easy to see around human habitations.


References:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 4; A Field Guide to the Birds of China  (Mackinnon and Phillipps); 100 Common Birds of Taiwan (Wild Bird Society of Taipei); The Complete Guide to Birds in Taiwan (Jin-yuan Wang)