Birding in Taiwan

 

 

Birds in Taiwan

Endemic Species

Collared Bush-Robin

Flamecrest

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

Black-necklaced (Spot-breasted) Scimitar-Babbler

 

Endemic Sub-Species

Alpine Accentor

Barred Buttonquail

Besra

Black Bulbul

Black Drongo

Black-browed Barbet

Black Kite

Black-naped Monarch

Bronzed Drongo

Brown Bullfinch

Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler

Brown-eared Bulbul

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge

Collared Finchbill

Collared Scops-Owl

Collared Owlet

Coal Tit

Crested Goshawk

Crested Myna

Crested Serpent-Eagle

Dusky Fulvetta

Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Nutcracker

Golden Parrotbill

Gray Treepie

Gray-cheeked Fulvetta

 Gray-headed Bullfinch

Green-backed Tit

House Swift

Hwamei

Island Thrush

Kentish (Snowy) Plover

Lanyu’ Scops-Owl

Light-vented Bulbul

Little Ringed Plover

Maroon Oriole

Mountain Scops-Owl

Oriental Skylark

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Plain Flowerpecker

Plain Prinia

Plumbeous Redstart

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rufous-capped Babbler

 Rusty Laughingthrush

Silver-backed Needletail

Slaty-legged Crake

Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

Streak-throated Fulvetta

Striated Prinia

Varied Tit

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Vivid Niltava

Vinous-throated Parrotbill

Whistling Green-Pigeon

White-backed Woodpecker

White-bellied Green-Pigeon

White-browed Bush-Robin

White-browed Shortwing

White-tailed Robin

White-throated Laughingthrush

Winter Wren

Yellowish-bellied Bush-Warbler

 

More Birds in Taiwan

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-faced Spoonbill

Black-naped Oriole

Black-throated Tit

Black-winged Stilt

Brown-headed Thrush

Cattle Egret

Chinese Crested Tern

Chinese Goshawk

Cinnamon Bittern

Common Kingfisher

Common Kestrel

Common Moorhen

Common Snipe

Daurian Redstart

Eastern Marsh Harrier

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Teal

Fairy Pitta

Fork-tailed or Pacific Swift

Garganey

Gray-chinned Minivet

Gray-faced Buzzard

Gray Heron

Great Cormorant

Great Egret

Greater Painted-Snipe

Ijima’s Leaf-Warbler

Intermediate Egret

Japanese White-eye

Lesser Coucal

Little Egret

Little Forktail

Little Grebe

Malayan Night-heron

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Osprey

Pacific Golden-Plover

Pale Thrush

Peregrine Falcon

Red Collared-Dove

Russet Sparrow

Spot-billed Duck

Spotted Dove

Tufted Duck

White-breasted Waterhen

Yellow Bittern

 

 

Golden Parrotbill

Paradoxornis verreauxi morrisonianus

 

Endemic Subspecies

 

The Golden Parrotbill is a small (11.5 cm) bird with a relatively large, rounded head and a small, thick parrotlike beak.  The head and neck are a rich rufous brown, the back and tail a warm chestnut brown.  The central underparts are white and the flanks are rufous brown. The flight feathers and tertials are black broadly edged with whitish, and the throat is black.  The Taiwan subspecies morrisonianus is more olive-grayish on the head, back and flanks, its whitish supercilium extends further behind the eye and the lores are grayish.  The iris is dark brown, the bill gray above and pinkish below.

 

The Golden Parrotbill prefers bamboo and the edges of broadleaf evergreen forests.  It feeds on tiny insect larvae, small beetles and seeds, and is usually found in pairs or in small groups of up to about ten individuals.  It frequently associates with babblers in mixed species flocks.

 

In Taiwan the Golden Parrotbill breeds in July.  The nest, built by both sexes, is a rough oval structure with a side entrance near the top, constructed mainly of green moss lined with fine fibres, and situated usually 1 to 2 m. above the ground in Arundinaria bamboo.  The female usually lays three pale blue eggs which are incubated by both sexes. 

 

The Golden Parrotbill is a sedentary species, and is an uncommon resident  in Taiwan at 2000-3050 m.

 

References:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 12; A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps); 100 Common Birds of Taiwan (Wild Bird Society of Taipei)