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Trip Report:

BIRDING IN TAIWAN October 8–12, 2007

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, May (7)8–20, 2007

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, May (7)8–20, 2007

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, November (6)7–19, 2006

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, November (6)7–19, 2006

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, May. 1-14, 2006

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, MAY. 1-14, 2006

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BIRDING IN TAIWAN, Jan 29–Feb. 3, 2006

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, FEB.24-26, 2006

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, NOV.28-Dec.2, 2005

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, NOV.28-Dec.2, 2005

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, NOV. 7-16, 2005

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, NOV. 7-16, 2005

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, MAY. 2-11, 2005

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, MAY. 2-11, 2005

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, MAY. 21-24, 2005

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, MAY. 21-24, 2005

Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, NOV. 8–17, 2004

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, NOV. 8–17, 2004

Taiwan Trip Report, March 21 – 28, 2003

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, March 21 – 28, 2003

Taiwan Trip Report, November 11-19, 2003

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Taiwan, November 11–19, 2003

 

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Pacific Seabird Group, Special International Meeting

Trip Report, Five-day Field Trip, October 8–12, 2007

Jo Ann MacKenzie

 

            Following the Special International meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group, Leader Hotel, Lugang, Taiwan, October 4–7, 2007, there was a 5-day field trip, October 8–12, to look for endemic bird species.  Typhoon “Krosa”, which ravaged Taiwan for three days, was over and winds were dying down.  However, mudslides on some mountain roads necessitated some altered strategy.

            Oct. 8:  The first birding destination for our group of nine people was Huisun Forest Station.  We noted many typhoon-uprooted and broken trees in various places about the area.  A Malayan Night-Heron foraged on the lawn opposite the College of Agriculture and National Research & Education Center.  A Swinhoe’s Pheasant and Yellow Tit were seen along the road above the Atayal Resort.

            Oct. 9:  The next morning, the night-heron was again on the lawn, and Formosan Magpie and Taiwan Yuhina congregated near the Gift Shop.  We continued to Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area, and found both Little Forktail and Plumbeous Redstart in Naoliao Creek.  Two Silver-backed Needletails circled overhead.  Owling took place after supper; a Northern Boobook (Brown Hawk-Owl) was seen, but Mountain Scops-Owl was only heard.

            Dr. Verena Gill and “Krosa” the abandoned puppy taken into care, met a snake, a Pointed-scaled Pit Viper, Protobothrops mucrosquamatus, late at night, as it entered the Green Resort building beneath the front screen door.   Unaware that the snake is highly venomous, Dr. Beth Flint cornered it with a broom and swept it back out the door.  Fortunately, no harm was done to people, dog or snake.

            Oct. 10:  Brownish-flanked Bush-Warblers foraged beneath the shrubbery in the early morning, while Swinhoe’s Frogs called loudly in the pond beyond the Visitors’ Area.  Two Little Forktails were again found in Naoliao Creek.  Unseen Taiwan Partridge called from across the valley.  After breakfast, we continued on to Chingjing where we had eye-level views of Black-throated Tit at the edge of the Mist Plaza.

            Oct. 11:  Other than a Collared Bush-Robin and a White-whiskered Laughingthrush, birdlife along Blue Gate Trail #1 was curiously absent, so we moved on.  A “short cut” south  to Alishan proved to be more of a “long cut” because of typhoon-damaged roads.  One section of road had been deeply covered with mud, which four days after the storm, was still being cleared.  The delay meant that we traveled the last of the journey at dusk and after dark.  In the failing light, a male Mikado Pheasant walked along the road, barely visible.  Several kilometers farther on, a Tawny Owl flew in front of the bus and perched in a tree illuminated by the bus’ headlights.

            Oct. 12:  Early-morning birding around the Alishan Youth Activity Center was productive, with Taiwan Barwing, Steere’s Liocichla, White-eared Sibia, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, White-browed Shortwing, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Brown and Gray-headed Bullfinches being seen.  Flamecrest was heard.

We returned to Taipei, and the tour concluded, with 100 species (12 endemics) seen.

           

            Species List: Pacific Seabird Conference, Lukang, Taiwan

Post-Conference Field Trip, October 8-12, 2007

# Common Name Latin Name Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct10 Oct 11 Oct 12

1.   

Gray Heron

Ardea cinerea

 

P

 

P

 

2.   

Great Egret

Ardea alba  / Egretta alba

 

 

 

P

 

3.   

Intermediate Egret

Egretta intermedia

 

P

 

 

 

4.   

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

 

P

 

P

 

5.   

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

P

P

 

P

 

6.    

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

P

 

 

 

 

7.   

Malayan Night-Heron  /                Tiger Bittern

Gorsachius melanolophus

P

P

 

 

 

8.   

Oriental Honey-buzzard  /            Honey Buzzard

Pernis ptilorhynchus  /  Pernis apivorus

 

P

 

 

 

9.   

Crested Serpent-Eagle

Spilornis cheela

 

P

P

P

 

10.    

Crested Goshawk

Accipiter trivirgatus

P

 

P

 

 

11.    

Besra

Accipiter virgatus

 

P

 

 

 

12.    

Black Eagle  /                              Indian Black Eagle

Ictinaetus malayensis

 

 

P

 

 

13.    

Mountain Hawk-Eagle  /               Hodgson’s Hawk Eagle

Spizaetus nipalensis

 

 

P

 

 

14.    

TAIWAN PARTRIDGE  /             Taiwan Hill Partridge

Arborophila crudigularis

H

H

H

H

 

15.    

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge   /      Bamboo Partridge

Bambusicola thoracicus

 

 

 

P

 

16.    

SWINHOE'S PHEASANT

Lophura swinhoii

P

 

 

 

 

17.    

MIKADO PHEASANT

Syrmaticus mikado

 

 

 

P

 

18.    

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

P

P

 

 

 

19.    

Rock Pigeon  /   Rock Dove                      (introduced)

Columba livia

P

P

 

 

P

20.    

Ashy Wood-Pigeon

Columba pulchricollis

 

 

P

P

 

21.    

Oriental Turtle-Dove  /                   Rufous Turtle Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

 

 

 

P

 

22.    

Red Collared-Dove  /                    Red Turtle Dove

Streptopelia tranquebarica

P

 

P

 

 

23.    

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

P

P

 

P

 

24.    

White-bellied Pigeon  /                  Japanese Green Pigeon

Treron sieboldii  /  Sphenurus sieboldi

 

P

 

 

 

25.    

Large Hawk-Cuckoo

Cuculus sparverioides

 

P

 

 

 

26.    

Himalayan Cuckoo

Cuculus saturatus

 

P

 

 

 

27.    

Mountain Scops-Owl  /                 Spotted Scops Owl

Otus spilocephalus

 

H

 

 

 

28.    

Collared Scops-Owl

Otus lettia  /  Otus bakkamoena

 

 

P

 

 

29.    

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

 

 

 

P

 

30.    

Northern Boobook /

  Brown Hawk Owl

Ninox japonica /  Ninos scutulata

 

P

 

 

 

31.    

Silver-backed Needletail

Hirundapus cochinchinensis

 

P

P

 

 

32.    

Fork-tailed Swift  /                          Northern White-rumped Swift

Apus pacificus

 

P

P

 

 

33.    

House Swift

Apus nipalensis  /                    Apus affinis

P

P

P

P

 

34.    

[Taiwan] Black-browed Barbet  /                 Muller’s Barbet

Megalaima oorti nuchalis

P

P

P

 

 

35.    

Gray-capped Woodpecker     /    Gray-headed Pygmy Woodpecker

Dendrocopos canicapillus

P

P

P

 

P

36.    

White-backed Woodpecker

Dendrocopos leucotos

 

P

P

 

 

37.    

Gray-faced Woodpecker  /           Gray-headed green Woodpecker

Picus canus

 

 

P

 

 

38.    

Plain Martin  /                                 Brown-throated Sand Martin

Riparia paludicola

 

 

 

P

 

39.    

Pacific Swallow

Hirundo tahitica

P

P

P

P

P

40.    

Asian Martin  /  House Martin

Delichon dasypus

P

P

 

 

 

41.    

Striated Swallow  /                         Red-rumped Swallow

Cecropis striolata  /  Hirundo daurica

P

P

P

 

 

42.    

White Wagtail

Motacilla alba

P

P

P

P

P

43.    

Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava

P

P

P

 

 

44.    

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla tschutschensis

P

 

 

 

 

45.    

Gray Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

P

P

 

P

P

46.    

Gray-chinned Minivet  /                 Yellow-throated Minivet

Pericrocotus solaris

 

P

P

P

P

47.    

Collared Finchbill

Spizixos semitorques

 

P

 

 

 

48.    

Light-vented Bulbul  /                     Chinese Bulbul

Pycnonotus sinensis

P

P

 

P

P

49.    

Black Bulbul

Hypsipetes leucocephalus  /    H. madagascariensis

P

P

P

 

 

50.    

FLAMECREST  /                           Taiwan Firecrest

Regulus goodfellowi

 

 

 

 

H

51.    

Blue Rock-Thrush

Monticola solitarius

P

 

P

 

 

52.    

White-browed Shortwing /            Blue Shortwing

Brachypteryx montana

 

 

 

H

P

53.    

Plain Prinia / Tawny-flanked Prinia

Prinia inornata  /  Prinia subflava

 

 

 

P

 

54.    

Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler  /    Strong-footed Bush Warbler

Cettia fortipes

 

 

P

 

 

55.    

Yellowish-bellied Bush-Warbler  /     Verreaux’s Bush Warbler

Cettia acanthizoides

 

 

 

P

P

56.    

Rufous-faced Warbler  /          White-throated Flycatcher-Warbler

Abroscopus albogularis

 

P

P

 

P

57.    

Gray-streaked Flycatcher

Muscicapa griseisticta

 

 

P

 

 

58. 

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  /             Thicket Flycatcher

Ficedula hyperythra

 

 

P

 

 

59.    

Vivid Niltava

Niltava vivida

 

 

P

 

P

60.    

COLLARED BUSH-ROBIN

Tarsiger johnstoniae  /                             Erithacus   johnstoniae

 

 

 

P

 

61.    

Plumbeous Redstart  /                  Plumbeous Water Redstart

Rhyacornis fuliginosa  /                           Phoenicurus fuliginosus

P

P

P

P

P

62.    

White-tailed Robin  /                     White-tailed Blue Robin

Cinclidium leucurum

 

 

P

P

 

63.    

Little Forktail

Enicurus scouleri

 

P

P

 

 

64.    

Black-naped Monarch  /               Black-naped Blue Monarch

Hypothymis azurea

P

P

 

 

 

65.    

[Taiwan] Hwamei

Garrulax canorus taewanus

P

 

 

 

 

66.    

WHITE-WHISKERED LAUGHINGTHRUSH  /           Taiwan Laughing Thrush

Garrulax morrisonianus

 

 

 

P

 

67.    

STEERE'S LIOCICHLA

Liocichla steerii

 

P

P

P

P

68.    

Pygmy Wren-Babbler

Pnoepyga pusilla

 

 

 

P

P

69.    

Rufous-capped Babbler  /            Red-headed Tree Babbler

Stachyris ruficeps

P

P

 

 

P

70.    

TAIWAN BARWING

Actinodura morrisoniana

 

 

 

 

P

71.    

Streak-throated Fulvetta

Alcippe cinereiceps

 

 

 

P

 

72.    

Dusky Fulvetta / Gould’s Fulvetta

Alcippe brunnea

H

P

 

 

 

73.    

Gray-cheeked Fulvetta

Alcippe morrisonia

P

P

P

 

P

74.    

WHITE-EARED SIBIA  /         Taiwan Sibia

Heterophasia auricularis

 

P

P

P

P

75.    

TAIWAN YUHINA

Yuhina brunneiceps

H

P

P

P

 

76.    

White-bellied Yuhina

Yuhina zantholeuca

P

P

P

 

P

77.    

Vinous-throated Parrotbill

Paradoxornis webbianus

 

P

 

 

 

78.    

Black-throated Tit  /                        Red-headed Tit

Aegithalos concinnus

 

 

P

P

P

79.    

Coal Tit

Periparus ater  /  Parus ater

 

 

 

 

P

80.    

Green-backed Tit

Parus monticolus

 

P

P

P

P

81.    

YELLOW TIT  /  Taiwan Tit

Macholophus holsti  /  Parus holsti

 

P

P

 

 

82.    

Varied Tit

Sittiparus varius  /  Parus varius

 

P

P

 

 

83.    

Eurasian Nuthatch

Sitta europaea

 

P

P

 

P

84. 

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Dicaeum ignipectum

 

 

P

P

 

85.    

Japanese White-eye

Zosterops japonicus  simplex

P

P

P

P

 

86.    

Brown Shrike

Lanius cristatus

P

P

 

 

 

87.    

Black Drongo

Dicrurus macrocercus

P

P

 

 

 

88.    

Bronzed Drongo

Dicrurus aeneus

P

P

 

P

 

89.    

Eurasian Jay  /  Jay

Garrulus glandarius

 

 

P

H

P

90.    

FORMOSAN MAGPIE  /         Taiwan Blue Magpie

Urocissa caerulea

P

P

 

 

 

91.    

Gray Treepie Himalayan Tree    Pie

Dendrocitta formosae

P

P

 

 

 

92.    

Eurasian Magpie  / Magpie

Pica pica

 

 

 

 

P

93.    

Eurasian Nutcracker/Nutcracker

Nucifraga caryocatactes

 

 

P

 

 

94.    

Large-billed Crow  / Jungle Crow

Corvus macrorhynchos

P

P

P

P

P

95.    

Javan Myna (introduced)

Acridotheres javanicus

P

 

 

 

 

96.    

Common Myna  (Introduced)

Acridotheres tristis

P

 

 

 

 

97.    

Eurasian Tree Sparrow  /             Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus

P

P

P

P

P

98.    

Nutmeg Mannikin

Lonchura punctulata

P

 

 

 

 

99.    

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Carpodacus vinaceus

 

 

 

P

P

100.                     

Gray-headed Bullfinch  /              Beavan’s Bullfinch

Pyrrhula erythaca

 

 

 

 

P

101.                     

TOTAL SPECIES  - 100

102.                     

Total endemics  -  12

103.                     

                     Other wildlife observed

104.                     

CENTRAL FORMOSAN TOAD

Bufo bankorensis

 

 

P

 

 

105.                     

Moltrecht’s GREEN Tree frog

Rhacophorus moltrechti

H

 

 

 

 

106.                     

Swinhoe’s Frog

Rane swinhoana

 

 

P

 

 

107.                     

Taiwan Macaque

Macaca cyclopis

 

P

 

P

 

108.                     

Formosan Red-bellied Squirrel

Callosciurus erythraeus taiwanensis

 

P

 

P

 

109.                     

Formosan Striped Squirrel

Tamiops maritimus formosanus

 

 

 

P

 

110.                     

skink sp.

 

 

 

P

 

 

111.                     

butterfly

Papilio taiwanus

 

 

P

P

 

112.                     

FORMOSAN JEWELWING                      (dragonfly)

Matrona cyanoptera

 

 

 

P

 

113.                     

FORMOSAN GOSSAMERWING

Euphaea Formosa

 

 

 

P

 

114.                     

Pointed-scaled Pit Viper/Brown Spotted Pit Viper/Taiwan Habu Snake

Protobothrops mucrosquamatus

 

 

P

 

 

               

Compiled by Hue MacKenzie, October, 2007