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


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


White-bellied Green-Pigeon

Treron sieboldii sororius

Endemic subspecies

Also known as Japanese Green-Pigeon, the White-bellied Green-Pigeon is a fairly large (33 cm) pigeon with a dark green back, inner secondaries and tail.  The outer secondaries and primaries are blackish.  The forehead is golden yellow, while the nape and neck are light green, becoming bluish gray on the lower neck and upper mantle in the male.  Also in the male only, the inner wing coverts and scapulars are purplish brown, forming a large shoulder patch.  The throat and upper breast are bright yellowish green, with a golden tinge centrally, duller in the female.  The belly is nearly white, merging to a pale yellow vent area with dark green streaks.  The legs and feet are purplish red and the bill is light blue at the base and grayer at the tip.

The White-bellied Green-Pigeon favors dense forests and second growth, where it eats  mainly fruit, but has also been known to take acorns.  It feeds in trees and shrubs and occasionally on the ground, usually in small groups.  Its call is described as a mellow "ah oh ah oh", or "wu-wua-wu, wu-wua-wu".  The nest of the White-bellied Green-Pigeon, like that of its close relatives, is a flimsy platform of twigs placed 2-3 m. above the ground, in which the female lays two white eggs. 

The White-bellied Green-Pigeon is currently considered near-threatened, as it has become relatively rare in China and has declined in Japan.  The Taiwan subspecies sororius shows a yellower crown, nape and sides of the neck than the sieboldii subspecies found in Japan, but was not recognized as separate in Handbook of Birds of the World, Vol. 4.   In Taiwan the White-bellied Green-Pigeon is still a common resident year-round in forested areas, especially in central and eastern parts of the island, and may be found up to 2300 m.



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); N. J. Collar, “Endemic subspecies of Taiwan birds—first impressions”, in Birding ASIA, Number 2, December 2004