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Swinhoe's Pheasant, Dasyueshan FR



Brown Dipper, Anmashan



Little Forktail on this waterfall at Anmashan



Collared Finchbill, Anmashan



All birds photographed ‘on tour’

are opportunity shots by





White-bellied Pigeon, Wushe






Black Bulbul, Huisun



White-whiskered Laughingthrush

Dasyueshan Forest Recreation Area



Perny's Long-nosed Squirrel, Anmashan



Winter Wren, Hehuan Pass -Taroko NP



Formosan Sika Deer, Taoyuan Airport



Spotted Nutcracker, Yushan NP



Blue Gate Track



Beavan's Bullfinch, Anmashan



Rhododendrons on the Hehuan pass



Steere's Liocichla, Anmashan




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B2A Taiwan 2012

Endemics and Fairy Pitta, 1 – 9 May


Participants; Antony Kinread, Kevin Pickering, Jeddu Keil


Anmashan, Huisun Forest Reserve, Wushe area, Tsengwen Estuary,

Huben, Kenting and YushanNational Park

Our triplist


Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis

7 + 5  at Tsengwen


Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea

Longluan Lake Kenting and 4 near Puli


Great Egret  Ardea alba

few Tsengwen area


Little Egret  Egretta garzetta

Fairly common


Pacific Reef Egret  Egretta sacra

We saw the southernmost bird of Taiwan!


Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis



Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax

fairly common


Malayan Night-Heron  Gorsachius melanolophus

1 ad. and 1 imm. by the roadside up Anmashan, 3  at HuisunForest Reserve and 1 at Huben temple.


Cinnamon Bittern  Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

1 seen Tsengwen


Sacred Ibis  Threskiornis aethiopicus  Introduced

seen twice from the freeway


Eastern Spot-billed Duck  Anas zonorhyncha

6 birds at LongluanLake


Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula

About 10 in flight at Tsengwen estuary


Black-shouldered Kite  Elanus caeruleus

A single bird seen twice near Tsengwen estuary.


Black-eared Kite  Milvus lineatus

Scarce and local in Taiwan with perhaps a population of less than a 100 birds, but we were lucky to see 2 near Fangliao.


Crested Serpent-Eagle  Spilornis cheela  hoya

Common and seen throughout.


Crested Goshawk  Accipiter trivirgatus  formosae

At least 4 birds noted.


Chinese Goshawk  Accipiter soloensis

2 birds seen


Black Eagle   Ictinaetus malayensis

Three sightings at Anmashan and 1 at Chung yang farm Wushe


Taiwan Partridge  Arborophila crudigularis  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic

Two birds posed for minutes by the side of the road on our amazing drive up Anmashan only a minute after a male Mikado had done the same.


Chinese Bamboo-Partridge  Bambusicola thoracica  sonorivox  Near-endemic

The distinct Taiwan form was seen on no less than 5 different tour dates.


Swinhoe's Pheasant  Lophura swinhoii  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic

At Anmashan 2 + 1 + 3 birds seen, amazingly all males which made us happy to finally connect with a female at Bedongyueshan…


Mikado Pheasant  Syrmaticus mikado  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic

No females seen at all brrrr, but twice an ad. male showed at Dasyueshan FR.


Barred Buttonquail  Turnix suscitator

1 bird flushed at Huben


Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus

2 near Puli with  few at Twengwen and at Longluan  Lake.


Greater Painted Snipe  Rostratula benghalensis

Up to 7 birds showed so brilliant and easy out in the open at Tsengwen that they actually became a highlight of the day which then enabled them to compete with Fairy Pitta for ‘the’ highlight of the day!


Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus

Small numbers at Tsengwen


Oriental Pratincole  Glareola maldivarum

8 birds total spread over 4 tour dates


Pacific Golden-Plover  Pluvialis fulva

Only 1  at Tsengwen


Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola

Just 7  birds at Tsengwen


Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius

3 birds seen


Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus

Good numbers Tsengwen


Lesser Sandplover  Charadrius mongolus

Few at Tsengwen


Greater Sandplover  Charadrius leschenaultii

1 at Tsengwen


Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus

1 at Tsengwen


Terek Sandpiper  Xenus cinereus

4 noted Tsengwen


Grey-tailed Tattler  Tringa brevipes

7+ Tsengwen, in summer plumage


Common Greenshank  Tringa nebularia

Small numbers Tsengwen


Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola

Few Tsengwen


Common Redshank  Tringa totanus

1 Tsengwen


Red-necked Stint  Calidris ruficollis

About 10 at Tsengwen


Long-toed Stint  Calidris subminuta

2 birds noted Tsengwen


Sharp-tailed Sandpiper  Calidris acuminata

8 birds noted Tsengwen


Curlew Sandpiper  Calidris ferruginea

1 bird noted Tsengwen


Little Tern  Sternula albifrons

Several seen  Tsengwen


White-winged Tern  Chlidonias leucopterus

15+ birds at Tsengwen, in beautiful summer plumage


Whiskered Tern  Chlidonias hybrida

15+ bird noted near Tsengwen, summer plumage


Common Tern  Sterna hirundo

few at Tsengwen


Great-crested Tern  Thalasseus bergii

10+ birds  Tsengwen


Oriental Turtle-Dove  Streptopelia orientalis  orii



Red Collared-Dove  Streptopelia tranquebarica

common Tsengwen and coast


Spotted Dove  Streptopelia chinensis  formosona

common in lowlands throughout


White-bellied Pigeon  Treron sieboldii  soronius

10 + 2 seen Anmashan, 3 birds Wushe


Large Hawk-Cuckoo  Cuculus sparverioides

1 seen Anmashan and more heard, also Wushe


Oriental Cuckoo  Cuculus optatus

2 + 1 seen at Anmashan, also 1 fly-by Cuckoo at Tsengwen thought to be this species.


Lesser Coucal  Centropus bengalensis

1 seen en-route to Wushe and heard near Taiwan’s southern tip.


Mountain Scops Owl  Otus spilocephalus  hambroecki

Heard from behind the accommodation in Wushe but too distant to make a chance get 1 into view.


Collared Scops Owl  Otus lettia  glabripes

1 seen in the garden of our accommodation in Wushe


Collared Owlet  Glaucidium brodiei  pardalotum

1 showed nicely on the Blue Gate track, more heard


Savanna Nightjar  Caprimulgus affinis  stictomus

2 seen in Dongshi with more heard. In fact, as compared with April, these were real vocal in early May for us to realize that they are (very!) common in just about every lowland town in Taiwan. Not always easy to see though as they fly quite high above the buildings and using roof tops to roost.


Silver-backed Needletail  Hirundapus cochinchinensis  formosanus

2 seen Anmashan and 10+ at Chung Yang farm Wushe


Fork-tailed Swift  Apus pacificus

Noted on 4 tour dates.


House Swift  Apus nipalensis  stictomus

Common thoughout


Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis

A single bird at Anmashan


Taiwan Barbet  Megalaima nuchalis  Country endemic

Fairly common with sightings on 3 different days.


Grey-capped Woodpecker  Dendrocopos canicapillus  kaleensis

4 birds at Huisun.


White-backed Woodpecker  Dendrocopos leucotos  insularis

2 sightings at Bedongyueshan


Grey-faced Woodpecker  Picus canus  tancolo

At Anmashan heard on the top-walk and seen near km 34.


Fairy Pitta  Pitta nympha  Vulnerable

1 posed in the open for about 10 min. in the Huben area. Declined a lot here in recent years and they seem to be absent now from the perfect habitat near the famous Huben temple.


Oriental Skylark  Alauda gulgula  wattersi

4 birds at Tsengwen


Grey-throated Martin  Riparia chinensis chinensis

1 near Puli and 8 birds seen at Tsengwen


Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica



Pacific Swallow  Hirundo tahitica  namiyei

fairly common at lower altitudes + coast, noted on 6 tour dates


Asian Martin  Delichon dasypus  nigrimentalis

common at higher altitudes with 50+ birds seen Anmashan


Striated Swallow  Cecropis striolata  striolata

fairly common in lowlands


White Wagtail  Motacilla alba

Several single birds noted on 6 tour dates (leucopsis)


Eastern Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla tschutschensis

1 bird only on this tour and at a rather unusual spot, on the Hehuan  Pass, subsp. tschutschensis


Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea

Only 1, at Yushan


Grey-chinned Minivet  Pericrocotus solaris

Fairly common, Anmashan, Huisun, Wushe


Collared Finchbill  Spizixos semitorques  cinereicapillus  Near-endemic

Common at low to mid altitudes


Styan's Bulbul  Pycnonotus taivanus  Country Endemic

Plenty seen on it’s stronghold in Kenting


Chinese Bulbul  Pycnonotus sinensis  formosae



Black Bulbul  Hypsipetes leucocephalus  nigerrimus



Flamecrest  Regulus goodfellowi  Country endemic

Quite a few sightings and plenty more heard Anmashan, later also seen at Hehuan and Yushan NP.


Brown Dipper  Cinclus pallasii

Three birds performed brilliantly at Anmashan.


Winter Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes  taivanus

Heard at Anmashan on the top-walk and 2 birds seen at HehuanPass.


Alpine Accentor  Prunella collaris  fennelli

2 birds singing on HehuanPass.


Taiwan Whistling-Thrush  Myophonus insularis  Country endemic

Five sightings at Anmashan and one en-route to Huisun.


Eye-browed Thrush  Turdus obscurus

5 birds Anmashan km 23


Taiwan Shortwing  Brachypteryx goodfellowi  Country endemic

2 birds seen Anmashan top walk and seen near Wushe, more heard


Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis

few Tsengwen


Striated Prinia  Prinia crinigera  striata

Anmashan and Wushe


Plain Prinia  Prinia inornata

Chung Yang Farm,  Tsengwen.


Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler  Cettia fortipes  robustipes

3 seen of which 1 very cooperative (fly my head off…) at Anmashan and more heard, also heard Chung Yang Farm Wushe


Yellowish-bellied Bush-Warbler  Cettia acanthizoides  concolor

Two seen Anmashan top and more heard, also HehuanPass and Yushan NP.


Taiwan Bush-Warbler  Bradypterus alishanensis  Country endemic

2 birds showed very well at Anmashan, few more heard incl. at Yushan NP and HehuanPass.


Arctic Warbler  Phylloscopus borealis

1 seen HuisunForest Reserve


Rufous-faced Warbler  Abroscopus albogularis

Fairly common and recorded on every tour date in the mountains.


Ferruginous Flycatcher  Muscicapa ferruginea

3 + 1 birds seen well near Anmashan top parking lot, 1 Wushe and 2 nesting at Yushan.


Snowy-browed Flycatcher  Ficedula hyperythra  innexa

1 flew across the road en-route to Huisun and  heard singing at Bedongyueshan


Vivid [Taiwan] Niltava  Niltava vivida  vivida

Several sightings Anmashan, Blue Gate track


White-browed [Taiwan] Robin  Tarsiger indicus  formosana

1 seen briefly Anmashan top walk and a male seen very well at Yushan NP


Collared Bush-Robin  Tarsiger johnstoniae  Country endemic

Approx. 10 Anmashan, few HehuanPass and common as usual at Yushan NP.


Plumbeous Redstart  Rhyacornis fuliginosa  affinis

5 birds seen at Anmashan and a few near Wushe


White-tailed Robin  Cinclidium leucurum  montium

Fairly common and seen on most tour dates.


Little Forktail  Enicurus scouleri  fortis

Two seen  on a small waterfall at Anmashan and 1 seen on the road nearby.


Black-naped Monarch  Hypothymis azurea  oberholseri

Anmashan, Huisun, Huben, Wushe and Kenting


Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush  Garrulax ruficeps  Country endemic

A group of about 15 birds at Anmashan. At Bedongyueshan we enjoyed several sightings throughout the morning.


Rusty Laughingthrush  Garrulax poecilorhynchus  Country endemic

4 sightings, a pair at Anmashan km 12, then  a single feeding on berries at km 23 and also seen near our accommodation at Wushe and at Chung Yang farm.


Taiwan Hwamei  Garrulax taewanus  Country endemic

Seen Chung Yang farm and near our accommodation in Wushe. Heard Anmashan.


White-whiskered Laughingthrush  Garrulax morrisonianus  Country endemic

Fairly common at higher altitudes. Seen Anmashan, Hehuan, Yushan.


Steere's Liocichla  Liocichla steerii  Country endemic

common throughout in the mountains


Black-necklaced Scimitar-Babbler  Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis  Country endemic

One seen briefly feeding on berries together with Rusty LT at Anmashan km 23, also seen briefly near our accommodation in Wushe and at Bedongyueshan. Actually much more vocal now than I’ve experienced previous on April trips with plenty heard throughout. This is not a scarce bird!


Taiwan Scimitar-Babbler  Pomatorhinus musicus  Country endemic

Two sightings at Anmashan and a pair seen in open scrub near Kenting. More heard.


Taiwan Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga formosana  Country endemic

Seen well after much work on our way back down from Hehuan. Later seen much more easily at Yushan NP. More heard.


Rufous-capped Babbler  Stachyris ruficeps  praecognita

Fairly common


Taiwan Barwing  Actinodura morrisoniana  Country endemic

3 birds seen at the Blue Gate track, heard Anmashan


Taiwan Fulvetta  Alcippe formosana  Country endemic

2 seen Anmashan top walk and  3 showed very well  at Yushan NP


Dusky Fulvetta  Alcippe brunnea  brunnea

Brief views Anmashan and Huben, more heard.


Grey-cheeked Fulvetta  Alcippe morrisonia  morrisonia

Fairly common


White-eared Sibia  Heterophasia auricularis  Country endemic



Taiwan Yuhina  Yuhina brunneiceps  Country endemic

fairly common in flocks


White-bellied Erpornis  Erpornis zantholeuca

3 birds seen, Anmashan, HuisunForest Reserve and  Huben.


Vinous-throated Parrotbill  Paradoxornis webbianus  bulomachus

5+ birds proved easy to find and showed well at Chung Yang Farm


Golden Parrotbill  Paradoxornis verreauxi  morrisonianus

Two good  sightings of a pair at Yushan NP. Second time we saw them collecting nesting material.


Black-throated Tit  Aegithalos concinnus

Regular sightings Anmashan, Wushe area, Yushan NP


Coal Tit  Periparus ater  ptisolus

seen only at Anmashan top and  Yushan


Green-backed Tit  Parus monticolus  insperatus

Regularly encountered in small numbers


Yellow Tit  Macholophus holsti  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic

1 + 3 at Anmashan and 1 on the Blue Gate track


Varied Tit  Sittiparus varius  castaneoventris

Took a while to connect at Huisun due to heavy rain showers but we finally succeeded by about 1pm when 2 birds showed very well.


Eurasian Nuthatch  Sitta europaea

Quite a few sightings, Anmashan, Blue Gate track, Bedongyueshan


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker  Dicaeum ignipectum  formosum

Heard at HuisunForest Reserve.


Japanese White-eye  Zosterops japonicus  simplex



Maroon [Red] Oriole  Oriolus traillii  ardens

A pair seen  at Huisun Forest Reserve


Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus

Still 5 lingering  birds seen, this late in spring.


Long-tailed Shrike  Lanius schach  formosae

2 Tsengwen


Black Drongo  Dicrurus macrocercus  harterti

Common in lowlands


Bronzed Drongo  Dicrurus aeneus  brounianus

Fairly common Anmashan and Wushe area


Eurasian Jay  Garrulus glandarius  taivanus

Encounters at Anmashan, Wushe and Yushan


Taiwan Blue Magpie  Urocissa caerulea  Country endemic

Members of all 3 HuisunForest Reserve groups seen well incl. birds seen nesting.


Grey Treepie  Dendrocitta formosae  formosae



Eurasian Magpie  Pica pica

4 near Taoyuan airport


Eurasian Nutcracker  Nucifraga caryocatactes  owstoni

Heard Anmashan top and 2 seen Yushan NP


Large-billed Crow  Corvus macrorhynchos

small numbers throughout


Common Myna  Acridotheres tristis  Introduced

1 sighting


Javan Myna  Acridotheres javanicus  Introduced

plenty noted en-route throughout


Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus



White-rumped Munia  Lonchura striata

Few at Anmashan and Chung Yang Farm


Scaly-breasted Munia  Lonchura punctulata

few Tsengwen


Vinaceous Rosefinch  Carpodacus vinaceus  formosanus

A pair + 1 male seen Anmashan and a pair seen at Yushan NP.


Brown Bullfinch  Pyrrhula nipalensis  uchidae

7 birds seen at the  Blue Gate track.


Beavan’s Bullfinch  Pyrrhula erythaca  owstoni

A superb pair showing for a prolonged time at close range at Anmashan. Highlight! Later also a male seen on top of a pine at Anmashan and heard Yushan.





Formosan Rock Macaque  Macaca cyclopis  Vulnerable (VU)

Few sightings Anmashan


Pallas's Squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus

rather common


Maritime Striped Squirrel  Tamiops maritimus

Few seen Anmashan


Perny's Long-nosed Squirrel Dremomys pernyi

few seen Anmashan


Formosan Sika Deer Cervus Nippon taioanus

3 seen Kenting



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