Birding in Taiwan



Birds in Taiwan

Endemic Species

Collared Bush-Robin


Formosan Magpie

Formosan Whistling-Thrush

Mikado Pheasant

Steere's Liocichla

Swinhoe's Pheasant

Taiwan Bush-Warbler

Taiwan Partridge

Taiwan Yuhina

White-eared Sibia

White-whiskered Laughingthrush

Yellow Tit


Endemic Sub-Species

Black-browed Barbet

Vinaceous Rosefinch


More Birds in Taiwan

Chinese Crested Tern

Japanese White-eye

Fairy Pitta

Black-faced Spoonbill

Crested Serpent-Eagle



 White-eared Sibia

Heterophasia auricularis





            An unmistakable, medium-sized, 23 cm arboreal babbler.   Crown black; distinctive white lore, eye-ring and broad eye-stripe, extending backwards and ending in long spreading filamentous plumes.  Throat, breast and upper back gray; rest of underparts pinkish-cinnamon; lower back, rump and upper tail coverts orange rufous.  Tail, black tipped white.  Sexes similar.  Iris, brown; bill, black; legs, pink.

            Inhabits mountain oak forest from 1,2003,000 m.  In winter, ranges freely into deciduous trees locally down to 200 m.

            Forages singly or in small parties, mainly in the forest canopy.  Food is primarily nectar, flowers, berries.  Becomes more gregarious in autumn and winter and may be found in loose flocks.  Very active and not shy.

            White-eared Sibia, also known as Taiwan Sibia, is a common resident.



Reference:  Endemic Species of Taiwan, compiled by Greenland Ecology Conservation Association of R.O.C.