Birds in Taiwan: Most Seen & Heard Includes Video and Sound & More!
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Birds in Taiwan

  • birds-in-taiwan-img-1 Walking through the park, up early morning or hiking green hills, here are the birds you're most likely to see and hear. Plus - some birds found just in Taiwan. And, some birds that have special meaning. Enjoy!!!
  • Most Commonly Seen Birds in Taiwan Top 3
  • #1. Tree Sparrow; 麻雀 Má Chuè (麻 / má / sesame; 雀 / chuè / sparrow); Passer montanus
    Tree Sparrow
    Tree Sparrow - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
    Easily recognized by black patch on its cheek and the brown palette of its feathers. Not shy to be around people.
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  • #2. Chinese Bulbul; 白頭翁 Bái Tóu Wōng (白 / bái / white; 頭 / tóu / head; 翁 / wōng / old man); Pycnonotus sinensis; Bulbul
    light vented bulbul
    Similar in shape to the Má Chuè / Tree Sparrow - a short canonical bird. Olive-colored wing feathers, prominent band of white around the back of its head.
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  • #3. Japanese white-eye / 綠繡眼 lǜ siò yǎn (綠 / lǜ / green; 繡 / siò / embroidery; 眼 / yǎn / eye) Zosterops japonicus
    Japanese white eye
    Japanese White Eye - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
    Distinctive white ring around eyes; olive to parrot green.
  • *These 3 birds are called “The City Trio”.
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  • Most Commonly Heard Birds in Taiwan Top 3
  • “The scope is too wide, so that’s difficult to list.” said Mr. 沈育霖 Shen, Yu-Lin, Dean of Conservation and Research in Chinese Wild Bird Federation
     
  • #1. Chinese Bulbul; 白頭翁 Bái Tóu Wōng (白 / bái / white; 頭 / tóu / head; 翁 / wōng / old man); ; Pycnonotus sinensis; Bulbul
  • #2. Tree Sparrow; 麻雀 Má Chuè (麻 / má / sesame ; 雀 / chuè / sparrow); Passer montanus
    Tree Sparrow
    Tree Sparrow - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
  • #3. Japanese white-eye / 綠繡眼 lǜ siò yǎn(綠 / lǜ / green; 繡 / siò / embroidery; 眼 / yǎn / eye) Zosterops japonicus
    Japanese white eye
    Japanese White Eye - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
  • Famous Birds in Taiwan Top 3
  • #1. Mikado pheasant / 黑長尾雉 Hēi Cháng Wěi Zhì (黑 / hēi /black; 長 / cháng / long; 尾 / wěi / tail ; 雉 / zhì / pheasant) also called 帝雉dì zhì (帝 / dì / emperor; 雉 / zhì / pheasant), Syrmaticus mikado
      On the NT$1,000 note.
    mikado pheasant Mikado Phesant - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
    *However, Mikado pheasant is a rare species to see and seems silence, so it’s hard to find their calls online.


    #2. Taiwan blue magpie / 台灣藍鵲 Tái Wān Lán Chuè(台 / tái / stage; 灣 / wān / bay; 藍 / lán / blue; 鵲 / chuè / magpie) Urocissa caerulea
    *It’s the National Bird of Taiwan!
    Taiwan blue magpie
    Taiwan Blue Magpie - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation


    #3.
    Black kite / 黑鳶hēi yuān (黑/hēi/black ; 鳶/yuān/kite) Milvus migrans

    black kite Black Kite - Left & Right Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
    Famous because of the documentary film “Fly, Kite Fly
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  • Birds Found only in Taiwan Top 3
  • #1. Mikado pheasant / 黑長尾雉 Hēi Cháng Wěi Zhì (黑 / hēi /black; 長 / cháng / long; 尾 / wěi / tail; 雉 / zhì / pheasant) also called 帝雉dì zhì (帝 / dì / emperor ; 雉 / zhì / pheasant), Syrmaticus mikado
    On the NT$1,000 note!
    mikado pheasant Mikado Pheasant - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
    *However, Mikado pheasant is a rare species to see and seems quite silence, so it’s hard to search their calls online.

    #2. Taiwan blue magpie / 台灣藍鵲 Tái Wān Lán Chuè(台 / tái / stage; 灣 / wān / bay; 藍 / lán / blue; 鵲 / chuè / magpie) Urocissa caerulea
    The National Bird of Taiwan!
    Taiwan blue magpie
    Taiwan Blue Magpie - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation

    #3. Taiwan Barbet / 五色鳥 Wǔ Sè Niǎo (五 /wǔ /five; 色 / sè /color; 鳥 / niǎo / bird) The New Name is 台灣擬啄木 Tái Wān Nǐ Zhuó Mù (台 / tái / stage; 灣 / wān / bay ; 擬 / nǐ / personify ; 啄 / zhuó /peck; 木 / mù / wood) Megalaima nuchalis
    Taiwan barbe
    Taiwan Barbet / 5 Color Bird - Courtesy of Chinese Wild Bird Federation
  • Recommended Books

#1. 臺灣野鳥手繪圖鑑 Field Guide of Wild Bird in Taiwan Press by Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan Forest Bureau Buy online: http://www.books.com.tw/products/0010656100


#2. 台灣野鳥圖鑑:陸鳥類 / 水鳥類 Wild Birds of Taiwan:Land Bird Articles/ Waterfowl Articles
Land Bird Articles
http://www.amazon.com/Wild-birds-Taiwan-Design-articles/dp/9861775633/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452220063&sr=8-2&keywords=Wild+Birds+of+Taiwan
Waterfowl Articles
http://www.amazon.com/Taiwan-wild-birds-Design-waterfowl/dp/9861775641/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1452220063&sr=8-3&keywords=Wild+Birds+of+Taiwan
 

#3. 300種鳥類圖鑑(英文) A Photographic Guide to the Bird of Taiwan NT$ 750
Buy online(Chinese Wild Bird Federation):
http://www.bird.org.tw/index.php/2015-06-11-07-49-18/2015-06-11-09-04-46
(For Postal transfer or Bank transfer)

Special thanks to:
沈育霖 Shen, Yu-Lin
華民國野鳥學會 Chinese Wild Bird Federation -
http://www.bird.org.tw/
保育研究主任 Dean of Conservation and Research

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