TAIWAN

11-12/12/2004 & 22/01/2005
Hans Matheve, Peter & Erwin Collaerts, Wim Heylen & David van den Schoor










INTRODUCTION

As we had rather poor flight connections on both our way to and way back from our Philippines trip, we had to spend respectively about 23 hours and 10 hours in Taipei Airport. We decided to do some minor birding just to pass time. Actually I saw several lifers although we did not prepare our stay there and even did not study the birds on beforehandů We decided to spend one morning at the Yangmienshan NP and one late afternoon at the Taipei Botanical Gardens (Malayan Night-Heron).

ITINERARY

11 dec

arrival at Taipei Airport + travel to overnight hotel + afternoon birding at Miramar Golf Club

12 dec

forenoon birding Yangmienshan NP + departure for the Philippines (see trip report)

22 jan

arrival at Taipei Airport + late afternoon birding Taipei Botanical Gardens + departure







FULL TRIP LIST

Taxonomy strictly follows Clements' 5th Edition (incl. updates). The list only contains species positively identified by at least one of our group. Birds identified by guides or other people only are not included, presumed species neither...

[52 species]


Gray Heron Ardea cinerea
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp jouyi - 1

Great Egret Ardea alba
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp modesta - 1
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp modesta

Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp intermedia - c5

Little Egret Egretta garzetta
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - c3 ssp javanicus
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - c10 ssp javanicus
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp javanicus

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp coromandus - c10
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp coromandus

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp nycticorax - c5
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp nycticorax - 2

Malayan Night-Heron Gorsachius melanolophus
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - 4

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp crecca - c25 en route

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp platyrhynchos - 3

Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp rutherfordi - 5 birds en route
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp rutherfordi - 2 birds

Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp formosae - 4

Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - 1
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp chloropus

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - 1

Rock Pigeon Columba livia
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - NC - a few pigeons (feral)

Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp orii - 2

Red Collared-Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp humilis - 1
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp humilis

Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp chinensis - c20 ssp formosana
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp chinensis - a few ssp formosana
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp chinensis - a few ssp formosana

House Swift Apus nipalensis
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp kuntzi - c3

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp bengalensis - 1

Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp nuchalis - 2
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp nuchalis - c10
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp nuchalis - 2

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp gutturalis

Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp namiyei - c10

Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp robusta - 1
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp robusta - 3+

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - 1
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - a few

Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp formosae - common
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp formosae - 30+
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp formosae

Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius
12/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp philippensis - 1 juv.

Formosan Whistling-Thrush Myophonus insularis Country endemic
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - 1

Island Thrush Turdus poliocephalus
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp niveiceps - 1

Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - c8
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - c10
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - several

Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp flavirostris - c4
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp flavirostris - 3

Japanese Bush-Warbler Cettia diphone
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp borealis - 1

Yellowish-bellied Bush-Warbler Cettia acanthizoides
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp concolor - 1

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - c5

Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope
12/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - 1 bird

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp cyanurus - c4

Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp auroreus - 2 females

Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp oberholseri - 3

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp musicus - c10

Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp praecognita - c20

Gray-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp morrisonia - c10

White-bellied Yuhina Yuhina zantholeuca
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp griseiloris - 2

Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp simplex - c30
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp simplex - c50
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp simplex

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp lucionensis - c10
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp lucionensis - c5
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp lucionensis

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp formosae

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp harterti - 3
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp harterti - c5

Gray Treepie Dendrocitta formosae
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp formosae - c5
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp formosae - c5
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - ssp formosae - a few

Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp formosanus - c5

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - a few
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - small numbers
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - common

White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
12/12/2004 - Yangmienshan NP - ssp swinhoei - 2 birds in flight

Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria
22/01/2005 - Taipei Botanical Gardens - NC - ssp migratoria - 1

Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala
11/12/2004 - Miramar Golf Club, Taipei - ssp spodocephala - c40