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

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge

Collared Finchbill

Collared Scops-Owl

Crested Goshawk

Crested Serpent-Eagle

Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Nutcracker

Gray Treepie


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



Yellow Tit

Macholophus holsti




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            Yellow Tit is a small, mostly black-and-yellow bird (13 cm) with a long crest.  The male is strikingly colored with forehead, cheek patch and underparts rich yellow.  The cap, crest, back, wing coverts and vent are black.  Rear of crest white.  Wings light blue with white outer edges.   Female:  Crest slightly shorter, duller with olive-green back; lacks ventral spot.  Juvenile:  Paler with whitish underparts.  Iris, dark brown; bill, black; legs, gray.

            Rare to locally common in central mountain range at 700–2,500 m, in temperate broadleaf and conifer forests.

            Found in ones, twos or small flocks.  Forages for insects in mid-story forest canopy.  May join mixed-species foraging flocks in non-breeding season. 

            Breeds in April.  Nests in a cavity of a tall tree.  Clutch size 3–4 eggs.

            BirdLife International considers this species Near-threatened.  While Yellow Tit may always have been uncommon, the population has been further reduced by felling of broadleaved forests.  It is unable to occupy marginal habitats such as edge and scrub, plantations of conifers and bamboo.  At one time, Yellow Tit was captured during large-scale netting of wild birds for export.  Much of its habitat is now secure in national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries.

            Also known as Taiwan Tit or Taiwan Yellow Tit, Paris holsti.  Local common name:  Formosan forty tit.


Yellow Tit Art by Wang Chen-Wen



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