Taiwan is a marvelous place for birding. As well as being rich in
endemics it is a key stopover on the East Asian north-south flyway. Taiwan Ecotours birding tours are fully customizable and flexible. We have 4 kinds of offerings suitable for everyone from hardcore listers to those just wanting a
taste of East Asia's avifauna.
- General Birding: We visit some of the
most pleasant habitats on the island on the lookout for some of the
over 600 recorded species (400+ regularly occurring), as well as
enjoying the best of Formosa's scenery, butterflies, flora, and culture.
- Endemic hunting: With
good planning it is just about possible to knock off all the endemic
and many subspecies in just a few days. Many of the 70+ endemic subspecies are being gradually upgraded
to full species status. See the link on the left for our 2015 and 2016 tours.
- Extensions: We lead extension trips to Lanyu (Orchid Island), Matsu, Kinmen, and Penghu for excellent migration species; Kenting especially at raptor migration time, and the best spots for endemic flora and lepidoptera.
- Tainan/Taipei day trips: We are based in the historic southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, and always eager to show the highlights in our backyard. Black-faced Spoonbills, Endemic-rich hills, and the wetland habitats of the nearby Qiku/Aogu area - as well as around Taipei!
You’ll enjoy your own individually
produced itinerary, and at a price that compares VERY favorably to UK/US based tours, or
doing everything by yourself (if at all possible without some Chinese
ability and local knowledge).
Why choose Taiwan Ecotours?
Northern-Irish Richard, the
owner of Taiwan Ecotours, has over 20 years experience of exploring his
adopted home. Years of mountain and nature guiding have given him an intimate
knowledge of Taiwan's richest habitats (20+ Taiwan tours a year). His expeditions are continually
tracking down new locations for the most sought-after and localized
culture, birds, flora, and lepidoptera. First-hand knowledge is still
invaluable in ensuring your visit includes the most productive areas -
and that you enjoy your visit here.Please
do not hesitate to get in touch with Richard with your
requirements and target species. He will be delighted to design a
tailor-made itinerary for you and looks forward to meeting you!
The original Taiwan Endemics:
See here for more highlight species and probable endemics.
|Taiwan Blue Magpie Urocissa caerulea (aka Formosan Magpie).|
|Taiwan Partridge Arborophila crudigularis (aka Taiwan Hill Partridge, Formosan Hill Partridge, Swinhoe's Partridge)|
|Swinhoe's Pheasant Lophura swinhoii (aka Taiwan Blue Pheasant, Formosan Blue Pheasant, Formosan Pheasant)|
|Mikado Pheasant Syrmaticus mikado (aka Taiwan Long-tailed Pheasant) |
|Yellow Tit Parus holsti (Taiwan Tit, Taiwan Yellow Tit, Formosan Forty Tit)|
|Styan's Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus (Taiwan Bulbul) |
|Taiwan Bush Warbler Bradypterus alishanensis |
|White-whiskered Laughingthrush Garrulax morrisonianus (Taiwan Laughingthrush)|
|Steere's Liocichla Liocichla steerii |
|Taiwan Barwing Actinodura morrisoniana (Formosan Barwing) |
|White-eared Sibia Heterophasia auricularis (Taiwan Sibia) |
|Taiwan Yuhina Yuhina brunneiceps (Formosan Yuhina)|
|Flamecrest Regulus goodfellowi (Taiwan Firecrest) |
|Taiwan Whistling Thrush Myophonus insularis (Formosan Whistling Thrush) |
|Collared Bush Robin Tarsiger johnstoniae (Taiwan Bush Robin, Sombre Bush Robin, Johnston's Robin) |
|Taiwan Barbet Megalaima oorti nuchalis (Mueller's Barbet) [from Black-browed Barbet] (recognized by IOU) |
|Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrogenys erythrocnemis [from Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler] (recognized by IOU)|
|Taiwan Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis musicus [from Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler] (recognized by IOU) |
|Taiwan Wren-Babbler Pnoepyga formosana (Formosan Wren Babbler)[from Pygmy Wren Babbler] (recognized by IOU)|
|Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush Garrulax ruficeps (Rufous-capped LT) [from White-throated Laughingthrush] (recognized by IOU)|
|Rusty Laughingthrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus poecilorhynchus [from Rusty Laughingthrush (includes Buffy) from Grey-sided LT] (recognized by IOU and AOU)|
|Taiwan Hwamei Garrulax canorus taewanus (Taiwan Laughingthrush, Melodious Laughingthrush) [from Hwamei] (recognized by IOU) |
|Taiwan Fulvetta Alcippe formosana [from Streak-throated Fulvetta] (recognized by IOU)|
|Taiwan Shortwing Brachypteryx Montana goodfellowi [from White-browed Shortwing] |
Lanyu Scops Owl Otus elegans botelensis [from Elegant Scops Owl (Ryukyu Scops Owl)]