The island of Taiwan was shaped by the collisions of the Eurasian continental plate and the Pacific Ocean plate several million years ago. Powerful forces have created magnificent natural scenery.
Although small in area, Taiwan has a complex topography - ranging from high mountains and huge forests to rugged, varied plains and onrushing streams and rivers - giving the island many small, localized ecological environments.
Taiwan's marine ecology, with coral reefs and a variety of marine life, enriches the natural beauty of the island. In addition, despite being located in the subtropics, Taiwan boats a wide range of altitudes endowing it with multifarious climates - tropical, subtropical, temperate, and even frigid. Lastly, deep oceanic influences - such as high humidity and plentiful amounts of rain - give Taiwan an abundance of flourishing, diverse vegetation, which consequently contributes to the island's bountiful and complex biological species.
Approximately 500 bird species have been recorded in Taiwan, of which about 150 species are resident. They include 15 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) and 69 endemic subspecies. For its area, Taiwan has a very high proportion of endemic species and subspecies.
Text from Birding in Taiwan
Swinhoe's Pheasant © Dusan M Brinkhuizen
Showing the 38 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
Matsu Islands (Chinese Crested Tern), Taiwan, 2nd - 4th July 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 19, 2004)
Northern Taiwan 25th September to 2nd October 2005, author Alan Miller (added October 17, 2005)
(A beautiful country with outstanding scenery and friendly people. Five days in northern Taiwan produced a list of 114 species including 12 endemic species and 30 endemic sub-species.)
Lanyu (Orchid) Island, Taiwan, May 12th–14th, 2005, author Jo Ann MacKenzie (added November 10, 2005)
Taiwan - Endemics and Spoonbills - 09-31 Dec 2006, author Paul French (added May 5, 2007)
(Taiwan, endemics, Swinhoe's Pheasant, Mikado Pheasant, Taiwan Partridge, Styan's Bulbul, Collared Bush Robin, White-whiskered Laughingthrush, Steere's Liocichla, Taiwan Barwing, White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Yuhina, Yellow Tit, Taiwan Blue Magpie, Island Thru)
Taiwan; Anmashan, Huisun Forest Reserve, Wushe area, Tsengwen Estuary, Longluan Lake and Yushan National Park. April 2011, author Birding2asia (link created May 24, 2011)
(No need to compromise. Photo opportunities on this trip were such great that only the very best of my shots taken on the trip made it on the main report page but of course as usual there’s many more pictures to enjoy in the trip list...)
Birding Taiwan and Remote China (Sichuan and Tibet) - 15th May - 3rd June 2013, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created March 8, 2014)
Taiwan, November 7th - 19th 2006, author Jo Ann MacKenzie (added March 25, 2007)
(Dasyueshan, Anmashan, Blue Gate Trails, Hehuanshan, Lanyu Island, Alishan, Chiku, Black-faced Spoonbill, Taiwan Partridge, Swinhoe's Pheasant, Mikado Pheasant, Styan's Bulbul, Flamecrest, Formosan Whistling-Thrush, Collared Bush-Robin, Taiwan Bush-Warbler)
Taiwan November 19th-30th, author Brian E. McKnight (added June 6, 2005)
(Fushan, Lanyang Estuary, Houhuanshan, Reiyenshi Trail, Wushe, Aowanta, Puli, Tsengwen Estuary, Kuantien, Ken-ting, Hsin-cheng, Yehliu)
Taiwan - April 2009, author Stijn De Win (link created June 1, 2009)
(Report with photos of 25 species taken on the trip incl. Swinhoe's Pheasant, Taiwan Bush Warbler, Taiwan Hwamei, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Taiwan Blue Magpie and Black-faced Spoonbills.)
Taiwan and the Philippines - 23rd May - 13th June 2008, author Andy Mears (link created July 5, 2008)
(Taiwan Partridge, Mikado Pheasant, Philippine Eagle)
Taiwan, May 8–20, 2007, author Jo Ann MacKenzie (added July 27, 2007)
(Huisun, Chingjing, Tienshiang, Taroko, Chihpen, Lanyu Island, Kenting, Alishan, Formosan Magpie, Formosan Whistling-Thrush, Taiwan Partridge, Swinhoe's Pheasant, Mikado Pheasant, Steere's Liochichla, Taiwan Yuhina, White-eared Sibia)
Taiwan; Endemics and Black-faced Spoonbills - November 2010, author Stijn De Win (link created December 25, 2010)
(Anmashan, Huisun, Wushe, Yushan, Tsengwen, Kenting. Report with plenty trip photos incl. both Pheasants.)
Taiwan - 15th - 22nd September 2012 , author Richard Rae (link created December 20, 2012)
(Among the numerous highlights were Swinhoe's Pheasant, Taiwan Wren-Babbler, Taiwan Shortwing, Taiwan Tit, Taiwan Partridge, Collared Bush-Robin, Golden Parrotbill, Flamecrest, Taiwan Blue Magpie, Taiwan Scimitar-Babbler and Malayan Night Heron)
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