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


Possible Future Full Species


Endemic Sub-Species

Alpine Accentor


Black Bulbul

Black Drongo

Black-browed Barbet

Black-naped Monarch

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 Treepie

Gray-cheeked Fulvetta

 Gray-headed Bullfinch

Green-backed Tit


Island Thrush

Lanyu’ Scops-Owl

Mountain Scops-Owl

Oriental Skylark

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

 Rusty Laughingthrush

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Streak-throated Fulvetta

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Vinous-throated Parrotbill

Whistling Green-Pigeon

White-bellied Green-Pigeon

White-browed Bush-Robin

White-browed Shortwing

White-tailed Robin

White-throated Laughingthrush

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

Spot-billed Duck

Spotted Dove

White-breasted Waterhen



SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN “Endemic Subspecies of Taiwan birds—first impressions”, by N. J. Collar, from BirdingASIA No. 2, December 2004.  Presented with permission.  BirdingASIA is the bulletin of the Oriental Bird Club.  Please see our Links page for benefits of membership in the OBC.



White-throated Laughingthrush (Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush)

Garrulax albogularis ruficeps (Garrulax ruficeps)


Proposed New Endemic Species


The White-throated Laughingthrush is a medium-sized (28 cm), active and noisy bird with a dull brown back and tail, a bright rufous crown and nape, and a conspicuous white throat and upper breast.  The flanks are tinged rufous, there is a grayish brown band bordering the white across the breast, the belly is whitish tinged buff and the undertail coverts are white.  The outer four pairs of tail feathers are tipped white. The iris and feet are brown and the bill is black.

The White-throated Laughingthrush makes a variety of squeals, buzzes and laughing calls.  It is found in small to large flocks moving in the middle levels of the forest, but also feeds near the ground.  It eats mainly grass seeds, fruits and berries, and sometimes insects.  It prefers mid- and high-elevation primary forests, and is an uncommon resident in the Central Mountain Range from 850-1800 m.

The Taiwan subspecies of White-throated Laughingthrush has been suggested to be distinct enough to merit elevation to full species status, Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush, G. ruficeps (N. Collar, 2006). 



References:  N. J. Collar, “A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae)”,  FORKTAIL,  Journal of Asian Ornithology, No. 22, August 2006, pp. 85–112; :  A Guide to Threatened Birds of Taiwan, BirdLife International Red Data Book, 2005  (Woei-horng Fang); A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps); N. J. Collar, “Endemic subspecies of Taiwan birds—first impressions”, in Birding ASIA, Number 2, December 2004