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Typical Targets

This is what you can expect, request and prepare for on a short endemics-focused Taiwan Birding tour.

Every tour is unique, but most birders are eager to see the endemics and other highlight birds. Please read the notes carefully. See here for the complete 608 species checklist.

IF led by an expert guide very familiar with all locations, calls, latest info, and sometimes using playback. Clients with above average experience and birding ability, on a standard moderately fast-paced 3/4/5-day (3 locations usually) tour. Excluding lowland, coastal or wetland areas.

Birds almost guaranteed to be seen well.

Swinhoe’s Pheasant

Taiwan Liocichla

Taiwan Yuhina

Taiwan Sibia

Formosan Magpie

Plumbeous Redstart

Taiwan Hwamei

White-tailed Robin

Chinese Bulbul

Spotted Dove

Black Drongo

Plain Prinia

Yellow-bellied Prinia

Yellow-bellied Prinia

Javan Myna

Common Myna

Collared Finchbill

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Taiwan Barbet

Grey Treepie

Pacific Swallow

White-whiskered Laughingthrush

Rufous-capped Babbler

Taiwan Scimitar-Babbler

Asian House-Martin

Plain Martin

Collared Bush-Robin

Eurasian Nutcracker

Rufous-faced Warbler

Grey-chinned Minivet

Japanese White-eye

Grey-cheeked Fulvetta

Bronzed Drongo

Black Bulbul

Coal Tit

Barn Swallow

Black-naped Monarch

Black-throated Tit

Green-backed Tit

Large-billed Crow

Target birds seen almost every time, but often giving poor views.

Taiwan Cupwing


Taiwan Shortwing


Yellow-bellied Bush-Warbler

Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler

Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler

White-browed Bush-Robin

Birds seen over 90% of the time.

Mikado Pheasant

Indian Black Eagle

Yellow Tit

Taiwan Rosefinch

Crested Serpent Eagle

Eurasian Jay

Little Forktail

Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush

Brown Bullfinch

Brown Dipper

Red Oriole

Crested Goshawk

Taiwan Bush-Warbler

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Vivid (Taiwan) Niltava

Formosan Whistling-Thrush

White-bellied Erponis

Taiwan Barwing

Dusky Fulvetta

White-bellied Pigeon

Rusty Laughingthrush

Red Turtle Dove

House Swift

Munia - Scaly & White-rumped

Various egrets, waterhen etc

Black-crowned Night Heron

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Common Kingfisher

Alpine Accentor

Striated  Swallow

Eurasian Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Chances of seeing most of these rises to almost 100% if more time allowed.

Birds seen over 50% of the time.

Chinese Bamboo Partridge

Golden Parrotbill

Taiwan Hill Partridge*

Gray-headed Bullfinch

Striated Prinia

White Wagtail

Varied Tit

Plain Flowerpecker

Malayan Night Heron**

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

Mountain Scops-Owl***

Eastern Spot-billed Duck


Ashy Wood-pigeon

Fork-tailed Swift

Zitting Cisticola

*currently 90% possible, almost 100% with more time for an additional location.

** 100% with trip to Taipei Botanical Garden

***almost 100% with extra time/location.

Birds seen less than 50% of the time (but well worth being ready for).

Island Thrush

Collared Owlet

Emerald Dove

Striated Heron

Collared Scops-Owl

Savanna Nightjar

Snowy-browed Flycatcher***

Black Kite

Lesser Coucal

Tawny Owl

Brown Wood Owl

Siberian Rubythroat

Silver-backed Needletail

White-throated Needletail

White-backed Woodpecker

Grey-headed Woodpecker

Large Cuckoo-shrike

Crested Myna

Good chance of in winter.

Daurian Redstart

Long-tailed Shrike

Red-flanked Bluetail

Common Kestrel


Brown Shrike

Arctic Warbler

Scaly Thrush

Yellow Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Richard’s Pipit

Olive-backed Pipit

Significant chance of in winter - if a good year.

Peregrine Falcon

Japanese Bush-warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Eyebrowed Thrush

Pale Thrush

Brown-headed Thrush

Manchurian Bush-Warbler

Eurasian Siskin

Black-faced Bunting

Other Buntings

Asian Stubtail

Dusky Thrush

The Black-faced Spoonbill is reliable in winter with a half-day extension.

Good chance of encountering at migration times.

Grey-faced Buzzard

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Chinese Goshawk

Grey-streaked Flycatcher

Ferruginous Flycatcher

Red-throated Pipit

Oriental Greenfinch

Other things likely to be encountered.

White-faced Flying Squirrel

Formosan Striped Squirrel

Red-bellied squirrel.


Occasionally seen.

Taiwan Serow

Giant Flying Squirrel

Yellow-throated Marten