Friday, February 29, 2008

More Taiwan Endemics for Hushan

Taiwan Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus musicus-Photo courtesy of Richard Yu. Copyright Richard Yu.

The International Ornithological Committee (IOC) updated their World Bird List (Gill & Wright list) on 13 February 2008. The IOC List now credits Taiwan with 23 endemic birds. We have now seen 8 new endemics added in the last two years. We've updated a list of endemics which can be viewed below. Taiwan is now looking very attractive to foreign birders with 23 endemics and the likelihood of possibly another 3-5 more within the next 2-3 years.

Taiwan Endemic Species:

Taiwan Whistling Thrush Myophonus insularis *
Swinhoe’s Pheasant Lophura swinhoii *
Taiwan Blue Magpie Urocissa caerulea *
Taiwan Partridge Arborophila crudigularis *
White-eared Sibia Heterophasia auricularis *
Steere’s Liocichla Liocichla steerii *
Styan’s Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus
Yellow Tit Parus holsti
Mikado Pheasant Syrmaticus mikado
Collared Bush Robin Tarsiger johnstoniae
Flamecrest Regulus goodfellowi
White-whiskered Laughingthrush Garrulax morrisonianus
Taiwan Barwing Actinodura morrisoniana
Taiwan Yuhina Yuhina brunneiceps
Taiwan Bush Warbler Bradypterus alishanensis
Taiwan Hwamei Garrulax taewanus
Taiwan Barbet Megalaima nuchalis *
Taiwan Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus musicus *
Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis *
Taiwan Wren-Babbler Pnoepyga formosana
Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush Garrulax ruficeps
Rusty Laughingthrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus *
Taiwan Fulvetta Alcippe formosana *

*Recorded in the Huben-Hushan area.

(As per Birds of the World: Gill, F. and M.Wright. 2006. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, updated 2008-1-17)

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