I was not able to go birding in the mountains on my recent visit to Taiwan – The threat of a tornado made that impossible – however I managed to see many interesting and new species in the cities and surrounding areas in the South. there are no House Sparrows in Taiwan – so the Tree Sparrows have taken over that niche. They are everywhere – in the fields and in the towns. Despite the rain and the wind before the tornado arrived I managed to take a few photographs of some of the birds I saw. Some species I only caught a glimpse of and they will have to wait until my next visit like the the gorgeous Taiwanese Barbet or ‘Five color bird’.
Drongos were common. I managed to photograph one eating a dragonfly.
I was fascinated by several small yellow bird flittering about in the bushes – they turned out to be Japanese White-eyes:
I saw my first Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker – such amazing feet for clasping!
Then there were the Chinese Bulbuls – pretty common birds very similar to the endemic Taiwanese Bulbul that is found in the very South. The Chinese Bulbul has white on the back of the head and easy to spot.