Taiwan November 19th-30th

Published by Brian E. McKnight (mcknight AT u.arizona.edu)

Participants: B.McKnight, Tsai Mu-chi, Wayne Hsu

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November 18 arrived at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport at 8:30 PM, caught the shuttle to the Taipei Main Station, a block from the Taipei YMCA International Guest House (usually just called the YMCA Hotel) where I had a reservation. The Y is not expensive, very well located, and neat,

November 19 visited Wild Bird Society of Taipei and Natural Kingdom store in the afternoon. In the late afternoon I briefly visited the Taipei Botanical Garden (about a ten minute walk down Nanhai Road from the Chiang Kaishek Memorial MRT stop) where I saw some of the usual birds, GRAY TREEPIES, BLACK-BROWED BARBETS, ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVES, hundreds of LIGHT-VENTED BUBULS, and an exotic, a RED-BILLED LEOTHRIX, but not Malayan Night-herons. For the night I shifted to the Taipei Teachers Hostel because the Y had no available room.

November 20 Early in the morning local birder Wayne Hsu picked me up in a taxi, which had been hired for the day. After picking up two other birding friends, we headed for Fushan, south of Taipei city. The day began with a sizeable flock of ASHY MINIVETS, BRONZED DRONGOS, WHITE-BELLIED YUHINA and Gray Treepies. At the stream crossing on the way to the trailhead we spotted a BROWN DIPPER. On the trail itself we saw, in addition to numerous JAPANESE WHITE-EYES and BRONZED DRONGOS, Ashy Minivets, Black-browed Barbets, and White-bellied Yuhinas, we also saw a GRAY-CAPPED WOODPECKER. Some of the others saw Varied Tits but I did not get on them in time. On the trip back we also saw WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAIL SWIFT, CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE, MAROON ORIOLE, and BLACK BULBULS. On the day was also heard a WHITE-TAILED ROBIN and a FORMOSAN WHISTLING-THRUSH.

After returning to Taipei Wayne Hsu, the taxi driver, and I searched for the Central Auto Rental Service, which had moved. We finally located it, at #3 section 7, of Chengde Road, miles from its former location, and hidden behind the street side businesses. The staff there was very helpful, and the auto I had reserved proved to be excellent. I then drove via the expressway (Rte #1) and the coastal road (Rte. #2) and Rte. 9 to Ilan near the east coast, on the first leg of a round-island trip, half sightseeing (described very little here) and half my first Taiwan birding expedition.

November 21 I woke early to a gray, rainy morning, and after a quick breakfast and a visit to an ATM, drove to the Lanyang Estuary to look for waterfowl and shorebirds. Because of the heavy rains I spent less than an hour there but did add a few new trip birds, including GREAT, INTERMEDIATE, and LITTLE EGRETS, EURASIAN TEAL, EURASIAN WIDGEON, MOORHENS, GRAY HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAILS, BLACK DRONGO, BROWN SHRIKE, LITTLE GREBE, RED COLLARED-DOVE, EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS and a RUSSET SPARROW. The rain grew heavier and the shorebirds were barely visible so I gave up the chase and headed into the mountains along Rte. #7. I reached Lishan in time for an early lunch, and then drove on Rte. #8 towards the tiny village of Tsuifeng. En route I flushed a GRAY WAGTAIL, and also saw ASIAN MARTINS, ALPINE ACCENTOR (in the parking lot at the top of Hohuanshan), and TAIWAN/WHITE-WHISKERED LAUGHING THRUSHES.
I had originally thought to stay in Tsuifeng, but there is no real accommodation there, so I went on down the road 18 K to the (rather touristy) village of Datong. There I stayed at a delightful hotel, on the right side of the road as you come down. The hotel translates its Chinese name into English as Jun-yue Resort Cottage. It is one of a number of new hotels built here to serve Taiwanese tourists. On weekends and holidays it would be quite expensive. I came during the week, and bargained with the (very pleasant) manager, by saying that I had hoped to stay for several nights, not just one. (I do not know how much English the manager knows, since we always spoke Chinese.) He gave me a fine mid-week rate, less than half the weekend rate, which I found included (in my case anyway) a good dinner and of course breakfast. My room faced out over the valley and had its own small balcony, polished wooden floors, marble fixtures. To top it all off I was treated to the sight of what the Chinese call a “yunpu”, literally a cloud waterfall. The clouds from the low coastal area to the east sometimes rise up, spill through the mountain gaps and tumble down into the valley below. Spectacular.

November 22 this morning I had the great pleasure of birding with the outstanding Taiwan birder,Tsai Mu-chi, and his wife, also a truly fine birder, along the Reiyenhsi Trail (N24º06.475’ E121º11.824’), altitude 7233 feet, near Tsuifeng. To reach this trail follow the road next to the police station in Tsuifeng for perhaps a quarter of a kilometer. The trail is on the right side of this road, (i.e. on the opposite side of the road from the “Blue Gate” trail mentioned in numerous trip reports). There is a portapotty and a small parking lot. Thanks to the Tsai’s knowledge of Taiwan bird vocalizations and Tsai Mu-chi’s ability to mimic bird songs we saw a long list of species during the morning: TAIWAN YUHINA, TAIWAN BARWING, COLLARED BUSH ROBIN, TAIWAN SIBIA, EYEBROWED THRUSH, PALE THRUSH, DUSKY THRUSH, STEERE’S LIOCICHLA, STREAK-THROATED FULVETTA, YELLOW-BELLIED BUSH WARBLER, EURASIAN JAY, EURASIAN NUTHATCH, VINACEOUS ROSEFINCH, SCALY THRUSH, BROWN BULLFINCH, RUFOUS-FACED WARBLER, GRAY-CHEEKED FULVETTA, and we heard the PYGMY WREN-BABBLER. We also saw Asian Martin, Black-browed Barbets and Japanese White-eyes. Almost all of the new high-altitude birds were life birds for me. After birding the trail we drove uphill to Hohuanshan, where we added WINTER WREN, COAL TIT, and FLAMECREST.

NOVEMBER 23 I left the hotel at 6:10 and drove down to Wushe where I met up with Tsai Mu-chi and his wife at 6:30. We first visited the Agricultural High School in Wushe, where we saw OLIVE-BACKED PIPET, YELLOW-BELLIED PRINIA, Blue Rock-thrush, and Treepies. From there we went to the Taiwan National University High Altitude Farm (N 24º 04 535’ E 121º 08 065’, 6496 feet) where we saw STRONG-FOOTED BUSH-WARBLER, YELLOW-FOOTED BUSH WARBLER, DAURIAN REDSTART, CRESTED GOSHAWK (male), PACIFIC SWALLOW, SPOTTED DOVE, WHITE WAGTAIL, HUA MEI, RED-HEADED TIT, PLAIN FLOWERPECKER, and BLACK-THROATED TIT. We also heard BAMBOO PARTRIDGES.

NOVEMBER 24 I again drove from my hotel to Wushe, where I met up with the Tsai’s and their friend Mr. Huang. From there we drove to the Chung-hsing University High Altitude Experimental Farm (also called Peitungyenshan in reports). On the drive up we stopped at one point where we saw a groups of COLLARED FINCHBILLS on the wire. We turned off the paved road and drove slowly uphill on the road through the forest. During the rather short drive we saw eight SWINHOE’S PHEASANTS, four males and four females. We stopped at one research area, where we saw two GRAY-FACED WOODPECKERS, WHITE-BELLIED PIGEONS, SPOT-BELLIED SCIMITAR BABBLER, plus Black-browed Barbets, Eurasian Jays, White-bellied Yuhinas, Taiwan Sibias, and Steere’s Liocichlas. Further along the road we hit a busy pocket of birds, which included, in addition to Pale Thrushes, Eyebrowed Thrushes, and Scaly Thrush, a RUSTY LAUGHING-THRUSH (a recent split from GRAY-SIDED LAUGHING-THRUSH). At the top and one the ride back down we saw Rufous-faced Warbler, and added Vivid Niltavas, GREEN-BACKED TITS, HOUSE SWIFTS, and most exciting, a LARGE CUCKOO-SHRIKE. After a fine day I returned to my luxury hotel in Datong.

NOVEMBER 25 The following day, I drove from Datong to the Aowanta Forest Recreation Area (N 23º 57.200’ E 121º 10.629’) south of Wushe. I stopped at the first little cascade after the park entrance to look for the Little Forktail, and though I did not find it there, I did see the first TAIWAN WHISTLING THRUSH (as opposed to hearing it) of the trip, plus PLUMBEOUS REDSTARTS and two TAIWAN MACAQUES. After checking into the hostel I walked down to the river itself and saw a pair of LITTLE FORKTAILS. Next morning I awoke early to hear a COLLARED SCOPS OWL hooting monotonously nearby. Later I walked the forest trail and saw numbers of Plumbeous Redstarts, Eurasian Jays, Large-billed Crows, Black Bulbuls, and what I took a fledgling/first year Pale Thrush on the path, though they are not supposed to be breeding there. I suppose it might have been an ill and very scruffy adult. Other thrushes including adult Pale Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, BROWN-HEADED/RED-BELLIED THRUSH, and a female ISLAND THRUSH. I also ran into a mixed flock of tits, including Green-backed Tits, Coal Tits, and at least two TAIWAN/YELLOW TITS, plus lots of Japanese White-eyes and Black-browed Barbets and a few Ashy Minivets. On the walk back from the pine area I also hit a mixed flock that included lots of Taiwan Sibias, Japanese White-eyes, Yellow Tits, Black Bulbuls, Taiwan Yuhina, Vivid Niltavas, Treepies, and a RED-CAPPED TREE BABBLER. From Aowanta I drove to the home of Tsai Mu-chi in Puli. We went out to check on the birds in the farming areas on the outskirts of Puli. We saw lots of birds that were trip birds and in some cases Taiwan birds or life birds for me. In addition to seeing again Brown Shrikes, Light-vented Bulbuls, Black Drongos, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Eurasian Tree Sparrows, the three Egrets, Pacific Swallows, Gray Heron, Black-crowned Night-herons, Common Moorhens, CATTLE EGRETS, and out-of-place Large-billed Crow, I added my first trip BARN SWALLOWS, COMMON SNIPE, COMMON MYNAS, SWINHOE’S SNIPE, YELLOW WAGTAILS, NUTMEG MANNIKENS, WOOD SANDPIPERS, BLACK-WINGED STILTS, LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, HILL MYNAS, AND CRESTED MYNAS, and added as life birds GOLD-HEADED CISTICOLA, PLAIN PRINIA, VINOUS-THROATED PARROTBILLS, WHITE-RUMPED MUNIAS, BANK MYNAS, and an uncommon winter visitor, the GREY-BACKED STARLING. After seeing this wonderful collection of birds, we returned the Tsai Mu-chi’s home, I said goodbye to him and his wife, and drove to Tainan.

NOVEMBER 25 I spent the night of the 24th at the Lijen Hotel, quite centrally located and more than satisfactory. In the morning I drove out of the city to the Tsengwen Estuary, getting lost en route only twice. Repair work was being done on the direct route to the spot for watching Black-faced Spoonbills, so I was diverted to a different road and got mildly lost but with help from an old man on a motor scooter soon found myself looking out through my scope at 150 BLACK-FACED SPOONBILLS. I had only ever seen one before, so it was a treat to see so many in one spot. I also added CASPIAN TERN to my trip list, but no Saunder’s Gulls. In the ponds en route there and back I saw hundreds of Wood Sandpipers, LESSER SANDPLOVERS and Little Ringed Plovers, two COMMON SANDPIPERS, Black-winged Stilts, as well as some birds new for the trip: one GREATER SAND PLOVER, PIED AVOCETS, RUFOUS-NECKED STINTS, COMMON REDSHANKS, two COMMON GREENSHANKS. All of these new Taiwan birds for me. I would like to have had more time at the Estuary but decided I should push on because I needed to reach Kenting by mid-afternoon. On the way out I added a life bird, a single LONG-TAILED SHRIKE sitting on a telephone wire.
After leaving the estuary I drove to Kuantien, where, on advice from Tsai Mu-chi, I visited the clock shop a block from the train station. The owner, a Mr. Guo, was very helpful, closing up is shop and riding his motorbike to lead me to the preservation site for the Pheasant-tailed Jacanas (N 23º 11.057’ E 120º 18.782’). There a young man, also surnamed Guo, lent me his scope, and I visited two blinds, from which I was able to see five PHEASANT-TAILED JACANAS, plus Eurasian Teal, Common Moorhens, Gray Herons, Egrets, and Little Grebes. After thanking the two Mr. Guos I left for the drive to Kenting which I reached by late afternoon.
I visited Kenting mostly because I had never made the trek to the far southern end of Taiwan. Because I was not there during migration I did not expect to see a large number of species, but I was pleased on my first visit to Eluanbi to see my first ever TAIWAN/STYAN’S BULBUL.

NOVEMBER 26 I spent the night in the Catholic Hostel, awoke at 5 AM, and after a quick breakfast of instant noodles, drove into Kenting National Park. Beyond the Sheding Nature Park I hiked on a trail (starting from N 21º 57.185’ E 120º 49.296’), and saw mostly common birds. In addition to hundreds of Taiwan Bulbuls seen on the way in, I saw Black Bulbuls, a few Black Drongos, Barn Swallows, a flock of Taiwan Sibias, a EURASIAN KESTREL, and one White-bellied Pigeon. I also, added two more trip birds, a wonderful close up look at a STREAK-BREASTED SCIMITAR BABBLER and a BLACK-NAPED MONARCH. I also heard several birds that because of my lack of familiarity with Taiwan bird songs I could not identify. When the hordes of tourists began to fill up the trails, about nine in the morning, I returned to my car and drove down to Eluanbi, where I saw a new trip bird, a WHIMBREL. I drove back through Kenting and continued to the large lake at Longluantan (Swan Lake), where I added 150 TUFTED DUCKS, two SPOT-BILLED DUCKS (both Taiwan birds for me) on the lake itself and a life bird, a lovely PURPLE HERON, in the grass near the shore. All in all a satisfactory if not overly birdy morning.
The afternoon was quiet. I wrote for several hours on a paper I was completing, stopped at a bridge overlook on the way back to Kenting and added BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER to the trip list.

NOVEMBER 27 I left the hostel before dawn and returned to Longluantan. The only new bird was a single DUNLIN walking in the grass, another trip bird. I then drove through the park and continued around the coastal road. Spectacular views with very rough seas. I drove straight through to Hualien, seeing no birds of note, except for a considerable number of Blue Rock Thrushes.

NOVEMBER 28 I rose early and drove to the small village of Hsin-cheng, north of Hualien and near the entrance to Taroko Gorge. I got there before light, but with the dawn, under gray skies, spent an hour or so walking and driving around the area. I added few birds to the trip list, seeing mostly Styan’s Bulbuls, Black Drongos, Red Collared-doves, Eurasian Tree Sparrows, etc. plus Pale Thrush and Brown-headed/Red-bellied Thrush, White-vented Mynas, and two Little Ringed Plovers near a farm pond. I also saw a whole flock of Plain Flowerpeckers, and some Plain Prinia, and a lovely group of Vinous–throated Parrotbills. I did, however, add a few birds to the trip list: BLACK-HEADED MUNIA, ZITTING CISTICOLA, SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT (a life bird), and RING-NECKED PHEASANT (heard only).
Leaving Hsin-cheng, I drove slowly up through the gorge, stopping occasionally to take in the view. I few birds but watched a pair of Daurian Redstarts feeding for ten minutes or so. Farther up the road I was treated to the sight of 27 Collared Finchbills sitting on a telephone wire. Shortly thereafter I drove into, and at 6,200 feet out of, the cloud cover. I drove to the top of Hohuanshan, checking the stands of pines in a desultory way in hopes of a better look at Flamecrests, to no avail. After checking in to the Jun-yue hotel in Datong, I drove up hill to Tsuifeng and went back to the Reiyenhsi Trail. It was mid-afternoon at that point and the birds were mostly quiet, but I did see Taiwan Sibias, Taiwan Yuhinas, the usual pack of mixed Thrushes, Niltavas, Jays, Barbets, White-bellied Yuhinas, heard a woodpecker and a WHITE-BROWED SHORTWING. Last but by far the best, I turned around at one point to see an INDIAN BLACK EAGLE soaring over the mountains, for me a life bird.

NOVEMBER 29 I left the hotel shortly after six and drove the few miles to the Reiyenhsi Trail. I walked it and a part of the so-called Blue Gate Trail (located directly opposite the entrance to the Reiyenhsi trail) for a few hours, but saw the same species that had been seen there on the earlier visit, Niltavas, Sibias, Yuhinas, lost of thrushes, Asian Martins, barbets, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Jays, and so on, including heard woodpeckers and a Short Wing. The most rewarding bird, and the only new one for the trip, was a heard-only TAIWAN HILL PARTRIDGE calling from the far slope beyond the point where the Reiyenhsi trail had been washed away.
After leaving Tsuifeng, I headed back down Route 8, intending initially to go to Tsueifeng Lake. However, after lunch in Lishan, I decided that I had had enough birding for the day, and headed back towards Taipei. On the drive down I saw nothing special, more crows, Blue Rock-Thrushes, and Gray Wagtails. I went by way of Route 9 back into Taipei and the YMCA Hotel. I telephoned Wayne Hsu to ask if he was interested in going birding the following day.

NOVEMBER 30 I woke early and set off to drive to Wayne Hsu’s house, arriving there late because of my own confusion about directions. We proceeded towards Yehliu, and on the way had the pleasure of seeing a group of FORMOSAN MAGPIES, the first I had seen in many years. We got to the Yehliu Special Scenic Area before eight and began to walk the paths, seeing numbers of thrushes of several species, Blue Rock Thrush, several Siberian Rubythroats, and lots of RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS (a life bird for me). Then we saw another life bird, the JAPANESE BUSH WARBLER. There were also numbers of Bulbuls, Egrets, Daurian Redstarts, a Spotted Dove, a Brown Shrike, and a third life bird for me, a BLACK-FACED BUNTING. We had been there for some time when I looked down the path and saw the Tsai’s. They had come to Taipei on business and were at Yehliu looking for the Chestnut-eared Buntings that had been there for some time. We joined up with them and first followed a woman who was videotaping a lovely YELLOW-THROATED BUNTING (another life bird for me). In our walk after that we came up a MANCHURIAN BUSH WARBLER (a split off from the Japanese Bush Warbler not accepted currently by some authorities), added to the trip list a PEREGRINE FALCON, and most importantly, finally had wonderful views of a female CHESTNUT-EARED BUNTING/GRAY-HEADED BUNTING, a life bird for all of us. The bird, a female, hopped slowly down the path in front of us, giving wonderful views. We also eventually had not-so-good views of the male bird. The Tsai’s and Wayne Hsu also saw a Black Kite, but I was looking elsewhere at that moment and missed it. We parted from the Tsai’s and made out way back to Taipei, where I dropped Wayne off at his home and then returned the rental car. All in all a wonderful day, for me five life birds (and six if the Manchurian Bush Warbler is split off), and a chance to see again the Formosan Magpie I had not seen since the 1980’s, a fitting climax for a fine birding tour of the island, a tour where the highlights were thanks to the advice and help of the Tsai’s and Wayne Hsu.

Species Lists

PODICIPEDIFORMES

LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficolis

CICONIIFORMES

Ardeidae

GRAY HERON Ardea cinerea
PURPLE HERON Ardea purpurea
GREAT EGRET Ardea alba
INTERMEDIATE EGRET Egretta intermedea
LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzeta
CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus ibis
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON Nycticorax nycticorax
MALAYAN NIGHT-HERON Gorsachius melanophus

Threskiornithidae

BLACK-FACED SPOONBILL Platalea minor

ANSERIFORMES

Anatidae

EURASIAN WIDGEON Anas penelope
EURASIAN TEAL Anas crecca
MALLARD Anas platyrhynchos
SPOT-BILLED DUCK Anas poecilorhyncha
NORTHERN SHOVELER Anas clypeata
TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula

FALCONIFORMES

Accipitridae

CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE Spilornis cheela
CRESTED GOSHAWK Accipiter trivirgatus
BLACK EAGLE Ictinaetus malayensis

Falconidae

EURASIAN KESTREL Falco tinnunculus
PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus

GALLIFORMES

Pheasianidae

TAIWAN PARTRIDGE (heard only) Arborophila crudigularus
CHINESE BAMBOO PARTRIDGE Bambusicola thoracica
SWINHOE’S PHEASANT Lophura swinholi
RING-NECKED PHEASANT Phasianus colchicus

GRUIFORMES

Railidae

COMMON MOORHEN Gallinula chloropus

CHARADRIFORMES

Jacanidae

PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Recurvidirostridae

BLACK-WINGED STILT Himantopus himantopus
PIED AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta

Charadriidae

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER Pluvialis squaterola
COMMON RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius
LESSER SANDPLOVER Charadrius mongolus
GREATER SANDPLOVER Charadrius leschenaultii

Scolopacidae

SWINHOE’S SNIPE Gallinago megala
COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
WHIMBREL Numinius phaeopus
COMMON REDSHANK Tringa totanus
MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis
COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia
GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola
COMMON SANDPIPER Actitus hypoleucus
RED-NECKED STINT Caladris ruficolus
DUNLIN Caladris alpina

Sternidae

CASPIAN TERN Sterna caspia

COLUMBIFORMES

Columbidae

ROCK PIGEON Columba livia
ORIENTAL TURTLE-DOVE Streptopelia orientalis
RED COLLARED-DOVE Streptopelia tranquebraica
SPOTTED DOVE Streptopelia chinensis
WHITE-BELLIED PIGEON Treron sieboldii

STRIGIFORMES

Strigidae

COLLARED SCOPS-OWL Otus lettia

APODIFORMES

Apodidae

WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAIL Hirundapus caudacutus
HOUSE SWIFT Apus nipalensis

PICIFORMES

Capitonidae

BLACK-BROWED BARBET Megalaima oorti

PICIFORMES

Picidae

GRAY-FACED WOODPECKER Picus canus
WHITE-BACKED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos leucotos

PASSERIFORMES

Hiruindinidae

BARN SWALLOW Hirundo rustica
PACIFIC SWALLOW Hirundo tahitica
ASIAN MARTIN Delichon dasypus

Motacillidae

WHITE WAGTAIL Motacilla alba
YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava
GRAY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Anthus hodsoni

Campephagidae

LARGE CUCKOO-SHRIKE Coracina macei
ASHY MINIVET Perocrocotus divaricatus

Pycnonotidae

COLLARED FINCHBILL Spizixos semitorques
STYAN’S BULBUL Pycnonotus talvanus
LIGHT-VENTED BULBUL Pycnonotus sinensis
BLACK BULBUL Hypsipates leucocephalus

Regulidae

FLAMECREST Regulus goodfellowi

Cinclidae

BROWN DIPPER Cinclus pallasii

Troglodytidae

WINTER WREN Trogldytes troglodytes

Prunellidae

ALPINE ACCENTOR Prunella collaris

Turdidae

BLUE ROCK-THRUSH Monticula solitarius
FORMOSAN WHISTLING-THRUSH Myophonus insulus
SCALY THRUSH Zoothera dauma
ISLAND THRUSH Turdus poliocephalus
EYEBROWED THRUSH Turdus obscurus
PALE THRUSH Turdus pallidus
BROWN-HEADED THRUSH Turdus chrysolaus
DUSKY THRUSH Turdus naumanni
WHITE-BROWED SHORTWING Brachypteryx montana

Cisticolidae

ZITTING CISTICOA Cisticola juncidis
GOLD-HEADED CISTICOLA Cisticola exilis
YELLOW-BELLIED PRINIA Prinia flaviventris
PLAIN PRINIA Prinia inornata

Sylviidae

MANCHURIAN BUSH-WARBLER Cettia canturians
(JAPANESE BUSH WARBLER)
BROWNISH-FLANKED BUSH-WARBLER Cettia fortipes
YELLOWISH-BELLIED BUSH-WARBLER Cettia acanthizoides
ORIENTAL REED-WARBLER Acrocephalus orientalis
RUFOUS-FACED WARBLER Abroscopus albogularis

Muscicapidae

VIVID NILTAVA Niltava vivida
SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT Luscinia calliope
RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Tarsiger cyanurus
COLLARED BUSH-ROBIN Tarsiger johnstoniae
DAURIAN REDSTART Phoenicurus auroreus
PLUMBEOUS REDSTART Rhyacornis fulginosus
WHITE-TAILED ROBIN Cinclidium leucurum
LITTLE FORKTAIL Enicurus scouleri

Monarchidae

BLACK-NAPED MONARCH Hypothymus azurea

Timaliidae

HWAMEI Gallulax canorus
WHITE-WHISKERED LAUGHING THRUSH Garrulax morrisonianus
STEERE’S LIOCHCHLA Liocichia steerii
STREAK-BREASTED SCIMITAR-BABBLER Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis
PYGMY WREN-BABBLER Pnoepyga pusilla
GRAY-SIDED LAUGHING THRUSH? Garralux caerulatus
RUFOUS-CAPPED BABBLER Stachyris ruficeps
TAIWAN BARWING Actinodura morrisoniana
STREAK-THROATED FULVETTA Alcippe cinereiceps
GRAY-CHEEKED FULVETTA Alcippe morrisonia
WHITE-EARED SIBIA Heterophasia auricularis
TAIWAN YUHINA Yuhina brunneiceps
WHITE-BELLIED YUHINA Yuhina zantholeuca
RED-BILLED LEIOTHRIX (an escapee, in the Taiwan Botanical Garden)

Paradoxornithidae

VINOUS-THROATED PARROTBILL Paradoxornis webbianus

Aegithalidae

BLACK-THROATED TIT Aegithalos concinnus

Paridae
COAL TIT Periparus ater
GREEN-BACKED TIT Parus monticulus
YELLOW/TAIWAN TIT Macholophus holsti

Sittidae

EURASIAN NUTHATCH Sitta europaea

Dicaeidae

PLAIN FLOWERPECKER Dicaeum concolor
FIRE-BREASTED FLOWERPECKER Dicaeum ignipectus

Zosteropidae

JAPANESE WHITE-EYE Zosterops japonicus

Oriolidae

MAROON ORIOLE Oriolus traillii

Laniidae

BROWN SHRIKE Lanius cristatus
LONG-TAILED SHRIKE Lanius schach

Dicruridae

BLACK DRONGO Dicrurus macrocercus
BRONZED DRONGO Dicrurus aeneus

Corvidae

EURASIAN JAY Garrulus glandarius
FORMOSAN MAGPIE Urocissa caerulea
GRAY TREEPIE Dendrocitta formosae
LARGE-BILLED CROW Corvus macrorhynchos

Sturnidae

CRESTED MYNA Arcidotheres cristatellus
COMMON MYNA Sturnus vulgaris
HILL MYNA Gracula religiosa
WHITE-SHOULDERED STARLING Sturnus sinensis
BANK MYNA Acridotheres cristatellus

Estrildidae

WHITE-RUMPED MUNIA Lonchura striata
BLACK-HEADED MUNIA Lonchura malacca
NUTMEG MANNIKIN Lonchura punctulata

Emberizidae


CHESTNUT-EARED BUNTING Emberiza fucata
YELLOW-THROATED BUNTING Emberiza elegans
BLACK-FACED BUNTING Emberiza spodocephala

Fringilidae

VINACEOUS ROSEFINCH Carpodacus vinaceus
BROWN BULLFINCH Pyrrhula nipalensis

Passeridae

RUSSET SPARROW Passer rulilans
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW Passer montanus

RED-BILLED LEOTHRIX Leothris leutea