Wild Bird Society
CPC Corporation, Taiwan
Birds in Taiwan
Birding in Chung Yo
Birding in the Southwest Coast of Taiwan
Birding in Blue Gate
Birding in Taipinshan
Information Office, Taiwan
Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, San Francisco
Taiwan is a safe country, with good infrastructure, a strong
conservation movement, classic mountain scenery, friendly
people, wonderful food, and much to offer visitors.
Come with us to enjoy the birds and culture of Taiwan!
More Bird Tours Info
site to find the latest news on birding in Taiwan, our bird tours
members of the International Taiwan Birding Association
participated in World Oceans Day celebration at Blackie Spit Park,
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on June 9, 2013. Present were
Simon Liao, (Taipei, Taiwan); Hank Tseng, (Richmond, B.C.); Jo Ann
MacKenzie, (Surrey, B.C.); and others. The display was
coordinated jointly with the Green Club of Greater Vancouver,
Other displays included
that of Bird Studies Canada.
The Peregrine Falcons of Kaohsiung Returned
Valhalla Provincial Park, Canada
is a Norse word referring to a warrior's heaven and is an
appropriate word for such a magnificent wilderness. Valhalla
Provincial Park encompasses most of the Valhalla range of the
Selkirk Mountains in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada.
The park was created as a representative Selkirk Mountain
ecosystem and consists of 49,600 hectares (120,000 acres) of
dense forests. The three main ecosystem types in the park are
interior cedar and hemlock, Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine
Fir, and alpine tundra. It also features massive granite
mountains and huge sheer cliffs. As well as Valhalla's
spectacular scenery, the park also provides important habitat
for major populations of Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Cougar,
Mountain Goat, Mountain Caribou, Mule and Whitetail Deer,
Hoary Marmot, Golden Eagle and White-tailed Ptarmigan.
On July 30, 2011, International
Taiwan Birding Association representatives Liao Shih-ching
Simon, Taiwan; Tseng Chiu-wen Hank, Richmond, BC; Wang Fu-yong
Dustin, Taiwan; and Jo Ann MacKenzie, Surrey, BC, assisted by
Fruitvale, BC residents Gordon Barrett and Linda Murray,
utilized three all-terrain vehicles to make an 80 km,
post-breeding sample of birds in the park. Equipment for the
all-day trip included a rifle for our protection in case we
were attacked by a bear or a Cougar. Fortunately, the gun was
Bird species noted were:
Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo
Vaux’s Swift, Chaetura
American Crow, Corvus
Common Raven, Corvus
Hermit Thrush, Catharus
Dark-eyed Junco, Junco
Of interest was a puffball
mushroom, Calbovista subsculpta, found growing at the
side of the trail. Puffballs are edible when cooked, but we
left that one alone.
On August 1, the group found a
family of Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo near
Seven-Mile Dam, Fruitvale, BC.
Jo Ann MacKenzie
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, Canada
The Creston Valley Wildlife
Management Area (CVWMA) in south-eastern British Columbia,
Canada, is a 6800-hectare (17,000-acre), Ramsar-designated
wetland area of provincial Crown land located along the
Kootenay River system, 11 km west of the town of Creston. It
is also designated as an Important Bird Area.
averages 20 km (12.4) miles long by 3.4 km (2.1 miles) wide.
It contains one lake (Duck Lake;1500 hectares or 3,700 acres)
and 17 marshes plus a major river and adjoining mountain
mission of the CVWMA is to manage the property for
conservation and natural species diversity through active
habitat and wildlife management, research and education.
Habitats include temperate coniferous forests, deciduous
forest, rivers, streams, fen, freshwater lakes, freshwater
marsh, arable and cultivated lands, urban parks and gardens.
It is well-known for its concentration of birds, especially
waterfowl. CVWMA is one
in British Columbia.
It is the only
known breeding location of
Forster’s Tern in the
nationally significant population of Black Tern also occurs
more information on the history and
purpose of the CVWMA, see:
In 2008, project partners made it
possible to build a new wooden walkway to and around the
Wildlife Interpretive Centre. Donations in the amount of
$35.00 were received from over 1,000 individuals and groups,
including the International Taiwan Birding Association,
for the purpose. Small plaques recognizing the donors have
been placed along the walkway. On July 31, 2011,
representatives of ITBA (Liao Shih-ching Simon, Taiwan; Tseng
Chiu-wen Hank, Richmond, BC; Wang Fu-yong Dustin, Taiwan; and
Jo Ann MacKenzie, Surrey, BC) visited the CVWMA, photographed
ITBA’s donation plaque (#989), and explored part of the
wetland by canoe.
After leaving Creston at the
end of the day, we noticed something unusual; a Mountain
Caribou, grazing at the side of the highway in the Kootenay
Pass Summit, 1774 m (5,820 feet) elevation. The Mountain
Caribou is considered an ‘ecotype’ of the Woodland Caribou
family, and is an endangered species in British Columbia. (For
more information, see:
Jo Ann MacKenzie
Birding Story - Terry Wright on Birding in Taiwan
The Peregrines of Kaohsiung
Jo Ann MacKenzie
Two Peregrine Falcons, Falco
peregrinus, male and female, chose to spend the winter of
2006–2007 in an area of tall apartment buildings in Kaohsiung
City, Taiwan. They selected a small, sheltered ledge high on a
22-storey building as their daytime roost. Jason Tu 涂宗萍,
who lives nearby, had the rare privilege of being able to observe
the birds and photograph their everyday activities. The birds
departed in the evening for a night roost elsewhere, and returned
early in the morning. They were almost certainly the same birds
that spent two weeks in March, 2006, on the same ledge.
The female peregrine, the larger bird
nicknamed ‘Blackie’ because of her dark plumage, was a juvenile
when she was first observed in March, 2006 with an adult male (the
smaller, paler bird), ‘Whitey’. She (presumed to be the same) was
in immature plumage when she returned seven months later (October
2006). She was the primary hunter, bringing a variety of prey,
mostly Rock Pigeon, Columba livia, back to the ledge. She
ate first, not permitting the male to eat until she finished.
Her dominance in feeding is typical paired Peregrine Falcon
behavior. The two birds apparently did well during the winter of
The two Peregrine Falcons left their
Kaohsiung City high-rise ledge in early February, 2007; where they
went is unknown, although they were observed in the neighborhood
from time to time. The pair returned to the ledge during the
winters of 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2009؎10.
The Peregrines of Kaohsiung Video
Winter 2010-2011 Update
In mid-October, 2010, ‘Whitey’ was
observed back at the high-rise building ledge where he had
wintered since 2006. On December 24, Jason Tu hosted visitors to
the building from which he had observed the peregrines for four
winters, across the street from the birds’ ledge. The visitors
were Kent Lin, Chairman of the Kaohsiung Wild Society, Lin Kun-hai,
General Secretary, KWBS; Simon Liao, Chairman, International
Taiwan Birding Association; Jo Ann MacKenzie, Executive Secretary,
Taiwan International Birding Association (Canada); Linda Murray
and Gordon Barrett, Canada. Everyone was interested in seeing the
now-famous ledge where the pair of Peregrine Falcons, rare in
Taiwan, had chosen as a place to eat pigeons and other prey items
for four winters. Three days later, December 27, ‘Blackie’
returned for the winter. During following weeks, the two falcons
resumed their customary feeding activities on the ledge.
The last observation dates for the
winter were January 27 for ‘Whitey’, and February 10 for
‘Blackie’. A new building under construction was rising near
their favourite ledge; the disturbance may have caused the birds
to abandon their feeding place. Perhaps they will return next
fall. We will have to wait and see.
Bulgaria and Taiwan Feature a Photographic Event
“Bulgaria—Taiwan; Travelling With the Birds”,
was the theme of an exhibition of 22
photographs of Bulgarian birds by Bulgarian photographers
and 20 Taiwan bird photographs by K. K. Kuo, Taiwan. The
exhibit opened at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia,
Bulgaria, on September 29, 2010.
The Bulgarian photographs on display were the
result of a competition organized by the Bulgarian Society for the
Protection of Birds (BSPB).
The aim of the event, which was part of BSPB’s
initiatives dedicated to the International Year of Biodiversity,
was to draw attention to the unique diversity of birds and their
Ambassador Elizabeth Y. F. Chu of the Taipei
Representative Office in Greece, welcomed dignitaries, guests and
members of the public. In attendance were members of the National
Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Taipei Representative
Office in Greece, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of
Birds, the Taiwan Trade Center, Sofia; Simon Liao, Grace Wu and
Jo Ann MacKenzie of the International Taiwan Birding Association,
The winners of the competition were:
— First prize: awarded to Ivaylo Zafirov, for the
— Second prize: awarded to Hristo Peshev, for the
photograph “Harmony in Blue and White”;
— Third prize: awarded to Borislav Borisov, for
the photograph “Black and White”.
The first prize was a visit to Taiwan
to attend the International Taipei Birdwatching Fair, held in
Guandu Nature Park on
November 13 and 14.
The Bulgarian Society for the
Protection of Birds, founded in 1988, is a national biodiversity
conservation organization and the main authority on information
and conservation of birds in Bulgaria. It is the first national
non-governmental nature conservation organization in recent
Bulgarian history. The main goal of the BSPB is the conservation
of species, sites and habitats important for birds, other wildlife
and the well-being of people. BSPB participates directly in the
process of creating modern Bulgarian legislation, in the
development of the protected areas system and in the creation of
the Bulgarian part of the Pan-European Ecological Network NATURA
2000, working with municipalities and regional governments. It is
the only NGO officially authorized to manage a protected area (Poda
Protected Site near Bourgas).
While in Bulgaria, the ITBA
representatives visited the Aldomirovtsi and Dragoman Marshes, the
Sakar Hills, the BirdLife Bulgaria Vulture Conservation Center at
Madzharovo in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, a vulture
‘restaurant’ (a feeding station), the Ropotamo Nature Reserve, the
Poda Marsh Protected Site, and the freshwater lakes at Bourgas
with the assistance of Svetoslav Spasov, Project Manager,
LIFE+Save the Raptors,
Bulgarian Society for
the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria.
Before the Taiwan team left Bulgaria, Dr. Petar Iankov, President
of the Council, BSPB, presented copies of the Atlas of Breeding
Birds in Bulgaria, 2007, to Simon Liao, Chairman,
International Taiwan Birding Association and Jo Ann MacKenzie,
Executive Secretary, ITBA.
Aldomirovtsi and Dragoman Marshes
Eastern Rhodope Mountains
Legacy Tours Heritage-Style Birding Tour
Field Ornithologists Mar 18 - 31, 2010
18 - 31, 2010
Birding Stories - Dana Gardner on Birding in Taiwan
Birding Stories - Val George on Birding in Taiwan
Bird Holidays in
Holidays Ltd. (U.K.) participants enjoyed a successful tour in
Taiwan during November 25–December 10, 2009.
You are invited to view Karen
Hargreave's photo album:
The Peregrines of Kaohsiung, January
2010: Air Combat
Island Endemics, July 10–16; and Matsu Archipelago
for Chinese Crested Tern, July 17–18, 2010
Taiwan Birding Association Meeting
Members of the Canadian branch of the International Taiwan Birding
Association met in Vancouver, British Columbia, in mid-October,
2009. Special activities were organized by ITBA president, Simon
Birding Stories - Alan Brown on Birding in Taiwan
ITBA Goes to the 2009 British
Taiwan Birding Association will again represent Taiwan at the
British Birdwatching Fair, 21–21 August, to be held in
Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland,
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. ITBA can be found in Marquee 1,
Stand #54. A highlight this year will be a Taiwan Bird Knowledge
quiz. There will be 10 written questions to test your knowledge
of Taiwan birds, with some additional questions in case of a tie.
The champion will win a free air ticket to Taiwan, courtesy of
Visit the ITBA stand at the Fair!
Bird Species and Subspecies
Endemic to Taiwan
The recognition of bird species and subspecies endemic to Taiwan
is ongoing. At present (July 2009), The Clements Checklist of
Birds of the World, James F. Clements, with updates to January
2007, recognizes 15 endemic species and 65 endemic subspecies.
Liao Pen Shing Gallery
Sponsored by the
Council of Agriculture and the National Science Council, a
seven-year investigation was carried out by Academia Sinica’s
Biodiversity Research Center. It is the first official record of
Taiwan’s species under the National Biodiversity Research
Promotion Project. Taiwan has the greatest density in the world
(more than 50,000 native species). The study revealed Taiwan
contains 50,164 native species spanning eight kingdoms, 55 phyla,
126 classes, 610 orders and 2,900 families. Naturalized and alien
species total 1,056. The project is the first in more than 100
years and carries on from the extensive work of Robert Swinhoe—a
British diplomat who served from 1854 to 1875—to document the
island’s birds, butterflies, moths and mammals.
According to the
COA, Taiwan’s 36,179 square kilometers covers just 0.025 percent
of the world’s total land mass. Containing 2.5 percent of the
world’s species, Taiwan’s biodensity is 100 times higher than the
global average. In terms of marine life, the island has 10 percent
of the world’s species, 400 times higher than the global mean.
United Daily News, 18 July 2009
Taiwan Launches a New Visa Stamp
British Columbia Field
Ornithologists Mar 20 - Apr 1, 2009
Mar 20 - Apr 1, 2009
2009 Bagua Mountain Bird Fair,
Pheasant Brings a Major Conference to Taiwan
The best tourism resources in Taiwan
by Jane Lee
Liberty Times Article
Lower Prices for 2010
The 2009 special price reduction
for private tours for 1 to 6 people have been extended for 2010.
Please contact us for details.
International Taiwan Birding Association in
Japan, February 2009
ENDEMICS and BLACK-FACED SPOONBILL
The Peregrine Falcon Story, Winter
Peregrine Falcon Patrol Video
Peregrine Falcon Return Video
Kuo K.K 2009 Gallery
Birding Stories - Roger Barnes on Birding in Taiwan
Butler Painting Presented to K. K. Kuo
A painting of
Mikado Pheasant, Syrmaticus mikado, by Dr. Robert Butler,
Vancouver, Canada, was presented to Kuo Ken-Kuang (Mr. K. K. Kuo)
on December 3, 2008, in Taipei. Also present was Huang Mei-Er
(Mrs. K. K. Kuo). Making the presentation on behalf of Dr. Butler
were Simon Liao, Taipei, and Jo Ann MacKenzie, Vancouver, Canada.
5th Annual Vogelfestival (Dutch International Bird Watching
AUGUST 23 – 24, 2008
Jo Ann MacKenzie,
CHINESE CRESTED TERN 2008 — GOOD
NEWS AND BAD NEWS
ITBA in Alaska, 2008
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival took place in Homer,
Alaska, USA, May 8–11, 2008; The theme for the 2008 festival
was Shorebirds as International Ambassadors—Bringing People
and Birds Together. The International Taiwan Birding
Association was represented by Jo Ann Mackenzie, Executive
Secretary, who was one of the featured speakers on May 11.
The speech was about birding in Taiwan as well as some of the
shorebird species that occur both in Taiwan and Alaska.
Birding Stories - Valerie Gebert on Birding in Taiwan
Report: BIRDING IN TAIWAN,
Nov 6 - 18, 2007
ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST,
Nov 6–18, 2007
in Taiwan Breaking News
Rosefinch as New Taiwan Endemic Species?
At present, the
Vinaceous Rosefinch, Carpodacus vinaceus
formosanus, is considered a Taiwan endemic subspecies.
Recent studies suggest th.at it should be raised to full
endemic species status. The following is an excerpt from
Volume 40, Issue 5,
468–478, September 2011:
Molecular and morphological evidences reveal
a cryptic species in the Vinaceous Rosefinch
Wu, H.-C., Lin, R.-C., Hung, H.-Y., Yeh, C.-F., Chu, J.-H.,
Yang, X.-J., Yao, C.-J., Zou, F.-S., Yao, C.-T., Li, S.-H. &
Lei, F.-M. (2011). Molecular and morphological evidences
reveal a cryptic species in the Vinaceous Rosefinch
Carpodacus vinaceus (Fringillidae; Aves). —Zoologica
Scripta, 40, 468–478.
Hsu-Chun Wu, Rong-Chien Lin, Hsin-Yi Hung contributed
equally to this work.
The Vinaceous Rosefinch (Carpodacus vinaceus) is
endemic in East Asia with two recognized subspecies –C. v. vinaceus,
distributed along the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau
and the Himalayas, and C. v. formosanus, restricted
to Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. As reflected in a
controversial taxonomic history, this vastly disjunctive
distribution pattern suggests that the subspecies, having
been isolated from each other for a long time, might have
diverged, challenging the current taxonomic treatment and
calling for possible species delimitation. Sequences of two
mitochondrial fragments (mtDNA) and two Z-linked nuclear
loci (zDNA) were used to reconstruct the intraspecific
phylogeny of C. vinaceous. The mtDNA tree shows that
the two subspecies of the vinaceous rosefinch form two
exclusively monophyletic clades. All but one zDNA sequences
from the nominate subspecies and C. v. formosanus
also formed exclusively monophyletic clades (the exceptional
zDNA sequence from C. v. vinaceous formed a weakly
supported clade with two outgroup species). Moreover, by
conducting quantitative comparisons of morphometric traits
and male plumage coloration, we found that the two
subspecies exhibit distinguishable morphological
differences. All the evidence therefore suggests that
C. v. formosanus is a cryptic species and that its
taxonomic status should be restored to full species.
Molecular dating suggests that the two sibling rosefinches
split 1.7 ± 0.2 million years ago, providing a point
estimate for the historical connectivity of biota between
eastern Tibet-Himalayas and montane Taiwan.
Issue published online: 10 AUG 2011
Article first published online: 25 JUL 2011
Submitted 28 December 2010 Accepted 13 June 2011 doi:
Some Rare Birds in
Taiwan, October–November, 2010
Several species of rare birds were found in Taiwan in late October
and early November, 2010, perhaps due to the passage of Typhoon
Megi. Among the rarities observed by the Birding in Taiwan and
Legacy Tour (U.S.A.) group at Yeliou Geopark, Taipei County, on
October 22, were an Asian Stubtail, Urosphena
squameiceps; Gray’s Warbler, Locustella fasciolata,
Radde’s Warbler, Phylloscopus schwarzi;
and a juvenile female Siberian Thrush, Zoothera sibirica.
At Longshan Temple, Taipei, the tour group found a Blyth’s
Leaf-Warbler, Phylloscopus reguloides goodsoni, also
known as Hartert’s Warbler, Phylloscopus goodsoni, on
At Inda Eco-Farm, Pingtung County, were a Middendorff’s Warbler,
Locustella ochotensis, and two Ashy Drongo,
Dicrurus leucophaeus salangensis on October 31.
On November 1, at Taijiang National Park/Yanshuei River, was an
Asian Dowitcher, Limnodromus semipalmatus.
Photographs are by Liao Pen-shing.
A very rare
Ijima’s Warbler was found in Da-an Park, Taipei, on March 11,
2010, by Simon Liao and visiting birder, Patrick Burke (U.K.)
Ijima’s Warbler Phylloscopus ijimae, (also called Ijima’s
Leaf-Warbler, Ijima’s Willow Warbler, Izu Leaf-Warbler) breeds on
the Izu and Tokara islands in the southern Japanese Archipelago.
The breeding islands are small; the breeding population is also
small, estimated at 2,500 to 10,000. This warbler qualifies as
Vulnerable (BirdLife International) because of its
small, declining and severely fragmented population resulting from
loss of habitat (broad-leaved evergreen forest), potentially
compounded by pesticide use.
Its wintering range is poorly understood;
there are sparse records from Japan, Taiwan (1, Yeliou Geopark,
April 9, 2006; 1, Yeliou Geopark, September 23–25, 2006; 1,
Hualien County, March 1960; 2, Puli, Taichung County, December
1924; and the Philippines.
On March 16, Simon Liao and Jo Ann MacKenzie went to Da-an Park,
hoping to relocate the Ijima’s Warbler. That bird was gone; but,
they found a Gray’s Warbler, Locustella fasciolata,
another rare migrant through Taiwan.
The Ijima’s Warbler favors canopy habitat; the Gray’s Warbler is a
skulking bird of undergrowth, especially near streams.
Chinese Crested Tern Tour, July
typhoon-related delay, the July 18–19 tour for Chinese Crested
Tern was successful. Six adults and two chicks were seen in the
Matsu Tern Reserve, delighting observers from Austria, Ireland,
the U.K. and Taiwan.
The Sighting of
a Possible Hybrid of Chinese Crested Tern and Greater Crested Tern
Shou-hua, Matsu Wild Bird Society;
Mandarin by Dustin Wang
On the morning of
June 6, 2009, we took the car arranged by the Fujien Birdwatching
Society to Eel Beach which is near the border of Jien-fong
Township and Mei-hua Township, China. After a two-hour ride, we
arrived at our destination. Then we took a boat for about ten
minutes. After that, we were on the beach.
As it was the time
of high tide, we could not reach the sandbank in the middle of the
river mouth where the terns usually show themselves. So we had to
wait for about an hour before we could cut through the water. Eel
Beach is the largest sand plate of the river mouth of the Ming
River, Fujien, China. In December, there were almost 40 thousand
waders here. From May to September is the season of terns. Through
our telescopes, we soon sighted 5 Chinese Crested Terns. After
waiting for a long time, we luckily got pictures of courting
behavior of a pair of Chinese Crested Terns. Soon the tide
retreated and the terns departed. We packed our gear, with
happiness in our mind.
Our goals this
time were to photograph courting behavior of Chinese Crested
Terns, and to get a better understanding of their habitat on Eel
Beach. A more important purpose was to visit the Fujien
Birdwatching Society and discuss how to cooperate on the mission
of protecting the Chinese Crested Terns.
On the morning of
June 8, we went to the Eel Beach again. This time, we arrived
before high tide and waited for the terns to come close to us as
the tide rose. Two hours later, 5 Chinese Crested Terns showed up
in a group of Greater Crested Terns. Among them, we found a
possible hybrid of the Chinese Crested Tern and the Greater
Crested Tern which a birder named Chen-Lin, a member of Fujien
Birdwatching Society, had photographed and told us about last
year. After several minutes of photography and observation, we
found that this Chinese Crested Tern did have something special
back and flight feathers were darker than those of the Chinese
Crested Tern and more similar to those of the Greater Crested
crest of the Chinese Crested Tern almost reached the base of the
bill. But there was an obvious distance between the black crest
and the base of the bill of this one. The space was white, but the
distance was shorter than that of a Greater Crested Tern. Chen-Lin
thought it was a hybrid of the Chinese Crested Tern and the
Greater Crested Tern. He also showed us a film of a Greater
Crested Tern courting it, but there was no mating. I think even if
mating were to take place, It might not reproduce.
June 21, birders from Taiwan and China conducted an investigation
on the Chinese Crested Tern in the Matsu Tern Reserve. We found
another Chinese Crested Tern with abnormal color. Its back and
flight feathers were darker than a normal Chinese Crested Tern but
paler than that the bird on Eel Beach, Fujien. Also, the black
part of its bill appeared shorter than that of normal Chinese
Crested Tern. (Images 4, 5).
Later, we asked Liu
Shiao-ru, a researcher of the Institute of Cellular and Organismic
Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, about the first and second
points. She said: if the DNA relationship between the two species
is not great, it is possible to hybridize. And since we saw that
it did not respond to the courting behavior of the Greater Crested
Tern, it is possible that it cannot reproduce. In nature, many
hybrids are like this. It would not be unusual if it can’t
reproduce. But it will be a big issue if it can reproduce.
As for the third point, we’d like to ask for the opinions from you
all. Will the Chinese Crested Tern become extinct? Will they
hybridize with the Greater Crested Tern? And if they do, will the
hybrids be able to reproduce? All the questions remain unsolved
and need your attention.
Click here to present your opinion.
July 2009 — Chinese Crested Terns
Terns have returned to the Matsu Archipelago for the 2009 nesting
season. A survey by Chang Shou-hua has revealed the presence of
seven birds in the Matsu Tern Reserve. The Chinese Crested Tern
survey is continuing; the exact number of these very rare terns
has not yet been finally determined.
Fycatcher, Ficedula narcissina is rare migrant through
Taiwan. This male bird was photographed on April 22, 2009 at
Yeliou. The species breeds in Japan and extreme eastern Russia;
it winters primarily in Borneo. Image by Jason Chaung.
This elegant male
Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone atrocaudata
atrocaudata was at Yeliou in northern Taiwan on April 22,
2009. The species breeds in Japan, Korea, Taiwan (including Lanyu
Island, T. a. periopthalmica, considered resident) and the
extreme northern Philippines. The main wintering areas are
Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Image by Jason Chaung.
female Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone
atrocaudata atrocaudata was at Yeliou in northern Taiwan on
March 31, 2009. The species breeds in Japan, Korea, Taiwan
(including Lanyu Island, T. a. periopthalmica, considered
resident) and the extreme northern Philippines. The main
wintering areas are Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Image by Jo Ann MacKenzie.
Yellow-throated Buntings, Emberiza elegans (also called
Elegant Bunting) were at Yeliou on March 31, 2009. Breeding
distribution includes southern Russian Far East, Korea, and parts
of China. Wintering areas include Japan, southeast China, Taiwan
(rare) to Myanmar (Burma). Images by Jo Ann MacKenzie.
With its big
voice, a rising crescendo of guru-guru-guru, endemic
Taiwan Partridge, Arborophila crudigularis is
often heard in mid-elevation forest, but due to its relatively
small size (length 28cm), cryptic colouring and extremely wary
habits, this species is seldom seen. This bird was photographed
at Huisun Forest Station. Two birds were calling behind one of
the buildings. Suddenly, one bird flew out of the forest toward
the building, struck a second-floor window, bounced off the glass
and flew to a tree, about 10m up, where it remained for several
minutes before flying to the ground. It stood on a log for a few
minutes, then walked out of sight. Images by Jo Ann MacKenzie, 22
Chairman Yuan Yu Industries
Liao Pen Shing
Kuo K.K. Art Gallery Updated
Jo Ann MacKenzie
During the last week of
November, 2007, a Taiwan International Birding Association delegation
traveled to Saint Lucia, West Indies, on a mission of “eco-diplomacy,” to
assist the government of St. Lucia in producing a bird book specific to St.
Lucia. At present, the birds of St. Lucia are only illustrated in books on
the West Indies. A Birding in St. Lucia website will also be
developed to encourage ecotourism for birding.
Birding in Chung Yo
ITBA in Saint Lucia
Owl Art Gallery
BIRDING IN TAIWAN October
The Story of “Krosa” the Dog
Birding in the Southwest Coast of Taiwan
Birding in Blue Gate
Birding in Taipinshan
Birds in Taiwan – Species
Peregrine Falcon Story
The Falcons of Kaohsiung Part 1
The Falcons of Kaohsiung Part 2
to the 2008 British Birdwatching Fair
The International Taiwan Birding Association will again represent
Taiwan at the British Birdwatching Fair, 15–17
August, to be held in the
Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, United
Kingdom. Simon Liao and Jo Ann MacKenzie invite you to attend a
talk on “Chinese Crested Tern,
and Endemics of Taiwan” on Saturday, August 16, 4:00–4:20
p.m. in Lecture Marquee 2. There will be free gifts for those
look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones this year.