Birding in Taiwan



Birds in Taiwan

Endemic Species

Collared Bush-Robin


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


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


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


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


Pacific Golden-Plover

Pale Thrush

Peregrine Falcon

Red Collared-Dove

Russet Sparrow

Spot-billed Duck

Spotted Dove

Tufted Duck

White-breasted Waterhen

Yellow Bittern



Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Ficedula hyperythra innexa


Endemic Subspecies


The Snowy-browed Flycatcher is a small (12 cm), short-tailed  flycatcher with a relatively round head and a small bill.  Males of the Taiwan race innexa are ashy-blue above, deep orange on the throat and breast, and whitish on the lower belly.  There is a conspicuous white stripe above the front of the eye.  The bill is black and the legs are grayish pink.  Females are brownish above with a yellowish-brown face and a buffy eye stripe.


The food of the Snowy-browed Flycatcher consists mainly of small insects, spiders, small earthworms and some berries.  It searches for food at the lower levels of forest edges and clearings, and may run mouse-like over the ground in undergrowth and along fallen branches.  It often flicks its tail and holds its wings slightly drooped but may also sit motionless on a perch for long periods.  Outside the breeding season, this species is usually solitary.  Its quiet song consists of three or four wheezy high-pitched notes, “tsit-sit-si-sii


In Taiwan, the Snowy-browed Flycatcher is a common resident year-round, breeding above 2000 m. in moist broadleaf forest, bamboo clumps and ravines.  It descends to lower elevations in winter.  The nest is a cup or oval with a side entrance made from moss, fine plant fibres and feathers, and is built by both sexes.  It is usually placed in a hole in a tree trunk or stump, or on the ground in a hollow between tree roots or boulders.  Both sexes incubate the 2 to 4 eggs and feed the young.


References:  Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 11; A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps)