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World Oceans Day 2013

             Some members of the International Taiwan Birding Association participated in World Oceans Day celebration at Blackie Spit Park, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on June 9, 2013.  Present were Simon Liao, (Taipei, Taiwan); Hank Tseng, (Richmond, B.C.); Jo Ann MacKenzie, (Surrey, B.C.); and others.  The display was coordinated jointly with the Green Club of Greater Vancouver, Canada, www.greenclub.bc.ca.

            Other displays included that of Bird Studies Canada.



The Peregrine Falcons of Kaohsiung Returned

ITBA and Valhalla Provincial Park, Canada


'Valhalla' is a Norse word referring to a warrior's heaven and is an appropriate word for such a magnificent wilderness. Valhalla Provincial Park encompasses most of the Valhalla range of the Selkirk Mountains in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada. The park was created as a representative Selkirk Mountain ecosystem and consists of 49,600 hectares (120,000 acres) of dense forests. The three main ecosystem types in the park are interior cedar and hemlock, Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine Fir, and alpine tundra. It also features massive granite mountains and huge sheer cliffs. As well as Valhalla's spectacular scenery, the park also provides important habitat for major populations of Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Cougar, Mountain Goat, Mountain Caribou, Mule and Whitetail Deer, Hoary Marmot, Golden Eagle and White-tailed Ptarmigan.

On July 30, 2011, International Taiwan Birding Association representatives Liao Shih-ching Simon, Taiwan; Tseng Chiu-wen Hank, Richmond, BC; Wang Fu-yong Dustin, Taiwan; and Jo Ann MacKenzie, Surrey, BC, assisted by Fruitvale, BC residents Gordon Barrett and Linda Murray, utilized three all-terrain vehicles to make an 80 km, post-breeding sample of birds in the park. Equipment for the all-day trip included a rifle for our protection in case we were attacked by a bear or a Cougar. Fortunately, the gun was not needed.

Bird species noted were:

Dusky Grouse, Dendragapus obscurus

Sharp-tailed Hawk, Accipiter striatus

Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis

Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularius

Vaux’s Swift, Chaetura vauxi

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos

Common Raven, Corvus corax

Boreal Chickadee, Poecile hudsonicus

Olive-sided Flycatcher, Contopus cooperi

Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus

Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina

Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis


Of interest was a puffball mushroom, Calbovista subsculpta, found growing at the side of the trail. Puffballs are edible when cooked, but we left that one alone.

On August 1, the group found a family of Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo near Seven-Mile Dam, Fruitvale, BC.

Jo Ann MacKenzie




ITBA and Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, Canada


The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada, is a 6800-hectare (17,000-acre), Ramsar-designated wetland area of provincial Crown land located along the Kootenay River system, 11 km west of the town of Creston. It is also designated as an Important Bird Area. The area averages 20 km (12.4) miles long by 3.4 km (2.1 miles) wide. It contains one lake (Duck Lake;1500 hectares or 3,700 acres) and 17 marshes plus a major river and adjoining mountain slopes. The mission of the CVWMA is to manage the property for conservation and natural species diversity through active habitat and wildlife management, research and education. Habitats include temperate coniferous forests, deciduous forest, rivers, streams, fen, freshwater lakes, freshwater marsh, arable and cultivated lands, urban parks and gardens. It is well-known for its concentration of birds, especially waterfowl. CVWMA is one of the most important waterbird habitats in British Columbia. It is the only known breeding location of Forster’s Tern in the province. A nationally significant population of Black Tern also occurs there. (For more information on the history and purpose of the CVWMA, see: http://www.crestonwildlife.ca .)

In 2008, project partners made it possible to build a new wooden walkway to and around the Wildlife Interpretive Centre. Donations in the amount of $35.00 were received from over 1,000 individuals and groups, including the International Taiwan Birding Association, for the purpose. Small plaques recognizing the donors have been placed along the walkway. On July 31, 2011, representatives of ITBA (Liao Shih-ching Simon, Taiwan; Tseng Chiu-wen Hank, Richmond, BC; Wang Fu-yong Dustin, Taiwan; and Jo Ann MacKenzie, Surrey, BC) visited the CVWMA, photographed ITBA’s donation plaque (#989), and explored part of the wetland by canoe.

After leaving Creston at the end of the day, we noticed something unusual; a Mountain Caribou, grazing at the side of the highway in the Kootenay Pass Summit, 1774 m (5,820 feet) elevation. The Mountain Caribou is considered an ‘ecotype’ of the Woodland Caribou family, and is an endangered species in British Columbia. (For more information, see: www.mountaincaribou.ca.)

Jo Ann MacKenzie




Birding Story - Terry Wright on Birding in Taiwan


The Peregrines of Kaohsiung

Jo Ann MacKenzie

            Two Peregrine Falcons, Falco peregrinus, male and female, chose to spend the winter of 2006–2007 in an area of tall apartment buildings in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.  They selected a small, sheltered ledge high on a 22-storey building as their daytime roost.  Jason Tu  涂宗萍, who lives nearby, had the rare privilege of being able to observe the birds and photograph their everyday activities.  The birds departed in the evening for a night roost elsewhere, and returned early in the morning.  They were almost certainly the same birds that spent two weeks in March, 2006, on the same ledge.

            The female peregrine, the larger bird nicknamed ‘Blackie’ because of her dark plumage, was a juvenile when she was first observed in March, 2006 with an adult male (the smaller, paler bird), ‘Whitey’.  She (presumed to be the same) was in immature plumage when she returned seven months later (October 2006).  She was the primary hunter, bringing a variety of prey, mostly Rock Pigeon, Columba livia, back to the ledge.  She ate first, not permitting the male to eat until she finished.   Her dominance in feeding is typical paired Peregrine Falcon behavior.  The two birds apparently did well during the winter of 2006–07. 

            The two Peregrine Falcons left their Kaohsiung City high-rise ledge in early February, 2007; where they went is unknown, although they were observed in the neighborhood from time to time.  The pair returned to the ledge during the winters of 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2009؎10.


The Peregrines of Kaohsiung Video


Winter 2010-2011 Update

            In mid-October, 2010, ‘Whitey’ was observed back at the high-rise building ledge where he had wintered since 2006. On December 24, Jason Tu hosted visitors to the building from which he had observed the peregrines for four winters, across the street from the birds’ ledge.  The visitors were Kent Lin, Chairman of the Kaohsiung Wild Society, Lin Kun-hai, General Secretary, KWBS; Simon Liao, Chairman, International Taiwan Birding Association; Jo Ann MacKenzie, Executive Secretary, Taiwan International Birding Association (Canada); Linda Murray and Gordon Barrett, Canada.  Everyone was interested in seeing the now-famous ledge where the pair of Peregrine Falcons, rare in Taiwan, had chosen as a place to eat pigeons and other prey items for four winters.  Three days later, December 27, ‘Blackie’ returned for the winter.  During following weeks, the two falcons resumed their customary feeding activities on the ledge.  

            The last observation dates for the winter were January 27 for ‘Whitey’, and February 10 for ‘Blackie’.  A new building under construction was rising near their favourite ledge; the disturbance may have caused the birds to abandon their feeding place.  Perhaps they will return next fall.  We will have to wait and see.




Bulgaria and Taiwan Feature a Photographic Event

 “Bulgaria—Taiwan; Travelling With the Birds”, was the theme of an exhibition of  22 photographs of Bulgarian birds by Bulgarian photographers and 20 Taiwan bird photographs by K. K. Kuo, Taiwan.  The exhibit opened at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 29, 2010. 

 The Bulgarian photographs on display were the result of a competition organized by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).  The aim of the event, which was part of BSPB’s initiatives dedicated to the International Year of Biodiversity, was to draw attention to the unique diversity of birds and their conservation.

  Ambassador Elizabeth Y. F. Chu of the Taipei Representative Office in Greece, welcomed dignitaries, guests and members of the public.  In attendance were members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria,  the Taipei Representative Office in Greece, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Taiwan Trade Center, Sofia;  Simon Liao, Grace Wu and Jo Ann MacKenzie of the International Taiwan Birding Association, and others.

The winners of the competition were:

— First prize:  awarded to Ivaylo Zafirov, for the photograph “Wings”;

— Second prize:  awarded to Hristo Peshev, for the photograph “Harmony in Blue and White”;

— Third prize:  awarded to Borislav Borisov, for the photograph “Black and White”.

            The first prize was a visit to Taiwan to attend the International Taipei Birdwatching Fair, held in Guandu Nature Park on November 13 and 14.

            The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, founded in 1988, is a national biodiversity conservation organization and the main authority on information and conservation of birds in Bulgaria.  It is the first national non-governmental nature conservation organization in recent Bulgarian history.  The main goal of the BSPB is the conservation of species, sites and habitats important for birds, other wildlife and the well-being of people. BSPB participates directly in the process of creating modern Bulgarian legislation, in the development of the protected areas system and in the creation of the Bulgarian part of the Pan-European Ecological Network NATURA 2000, working with municipalities and regional governments.  It is the only NGO officially authorized to manage a protected area (Poda Protected Site near Bourgas).

            While in Bulgaria, the ITBA representatives visited the Aldomirovtsi and Dragoman Marshes, the Sakar Hills, the BirdLife Bulgaria Vulture Conservation Center at Madzharovo in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, a vulture ‘restaurant’ (a feeding station), the Ropotamo Nature Reserve, the Poda Marsh Protected Site, and the freshwater lakes at Bourgas with the assistance of Svetoslav Spasov, Project Manager, LIFE+Save the Raptors, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria.  Before the Taiwan team left Bulgaria, Dr. Petar Iankov, President of the Council, BSPB, presented copies of the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Bulgaria, 2007, to Simon Liao, Chairman, International Taiwan Birding Association and Jo Ann MacKenzie, Executive Secretary, ITBA.

Photographic Exhibition, Sofia


Aldomirovtsi and Dragoman Marshes


Eastern Rhodope Mountains


Bourgas area.



Legacy Tours Heritage-Style Birding Tour to Taiwan


Trip Report: British Columbia Field Ornithologists Mar 18 - 31, 2010



Birding Stories - Dana Gardner on Birding in Taiwan


Birding Stories - Val George on Birding in Taiwan


Bird Holidays in Taiwan

            Bird Holidays Ltd. (U.K.) participants enjoyed a successful tour in Taiwan during November 25–December 10, 2009.  You are invited to view Karen Hargreave's photo album: Taiwan 2009

The Peregrines of Kaohsiung, January 2010: Air Combat

Taiwan Island Endemics, July 10–16; and Matsu Archipelago

for Chinese Crested Tern, July 17–18, 2010


International Taiwan Birding Association Meeting

            Members of the Canadian branch of the International Taiwan Birding Association met in Vancouver, British Columbia, in mid-October, 2009.  Special activities were organized by ITBA president, Simon Liao.




Birding Stories - Alan Brown on Birding in Taiwan


ITBA Goes to the 2009 British Birdwatching Fair

            The International Taiwan Birding Association will again represent Taiwan at the British Birdwatching Fair, 21–21 August, to be held in the Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.   ITBA can be found in Marquee 1, Stand #54.  A highlight this year will be a Taiwan Bird Knowledge quiz.  There will be 10 written questions to test your knowledge of Taiwan birds, with some additional questions in case of a tie.  The champion will win a free air ticket to Taiwan, courtesy  of EVA Air.

Visit the ITBA stand at the Fair!


Bird Species and Subspecies Endemic to Taiwan

            The recognition of bird species and subspecies endemic to Taiwan is ongoing.  At present (July 2009), The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, James F. Clements, with updates to January 2007, recognizes 15 endemic species and 65 endemic subspecies.

Liao Pen Shing Gallery Updated


Taiwan’s Biodiversity

Sponsored by the Council of Agriculture and the National Science Council, a seven-year investigation was carried out by Academia Sinica’s Biodiversity Research Center. It is the first official record of Taiwan’s species under the National Biodiversity Research Promotion Project.   Taiwan has the greatest density in the world (more than 50,000 native species).  The study revealed Taiwan contains 50,164 native species spanning eight kingdoms, 55 phyla, 126 classes, 610 orders and 2,900 families. Naturalized and alien species total 1,056.   The project is the first in more than 100 years and carries on from the extensive work of Robert Swinhoe—a British diplomat who served from 1854 to 1875—to document the island’s birds, butterflies, moths and mammals.

According to the COA, Taiwan’s 36,179 square kilometers covers just 0.025 percent of the world’s total land mass. Containing 2.5 percent of the world’s species, Taiwan’s biodensity is 100 times higher than the global average. In terms of marine life, the island has 10 percent of the world’s species, 400 times higher than the global mean.

Source:  United Daily News, 18 July 2009


Taiwan Launches a New Visa Stamp


Trip Report: British Columbia Field Ornithologists Mar 20 - Apr 1, 2009

ANNOTATED SPECIES LIST, Mar 20 - Apr 1, 2009


2009 Bagua Mountain Bird Fair, Changua


A Swinhoe’s
Pheasant Brings a Major Conference to Taiwan


The best tourism resources in Taiwan

by Jane Lee

Liberty Times Article


Lower Prices for 2010

The 2009 special price reduction for private tours for 1 to 6 people have been extended for 2010. Please contact us for details.


International Taiwan Birding Association in Japan, February 2009



The Peregrine Falcon Story, Winter 2008–09 Update

Peregrine Falcon Patrol Video

Peregrine Falcon Stealing Video

Peregrine Falcon Return Video



Kuo K.K 2009 Gallery


Birding Stories - Roger Barnes on Birding in Taiwan


Dr. Robert Butler Painting Presented to K. K. Kuo


A painting of Mikado Pheasant, Syrmaticus mikado, by Dr. Robert Butler, Vancouver, Canada, was presented to Kuo Ken-Kuang (Mr. K. K. Kuo) on December 3, 2008, in Taipei. Also present was Huang Mei-Er (Mrs. K. K. Kuo). Making the presentation on behalf of Dr. Butler were Simon Liao, Taipei, and Jo Ann MacKenzie, Vancouver, Canada.


5th Annual Vogelfestival (Dutch International Bird Watching Fair), AUGUST 23 – 24, 2008

Jo Ann MacKenzie, ITBA




ITBA in Alaska, 2008


The 16th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival  took place in Homer, Alaska, USA, May 8–11, 2008; The theme for the 2008 festival was Shorebirds as International Ambassadors—Bringing People and Birds Together.  The International Taiwan Birding Association was represented by Jo Ann Mackenzie, Executive Secretary, who was one of the featured speakers on May 11.  The speech was about birding in Taiwan as well as some of the shorebird species that occur both in Taiwan and Alaska.   




Birding Stories - Valerie Gebert on Birding in Taiwan


Trip Report:  BIRDING IN TAIWAN, Nov 6 - 18, 2007


Birding in Matsu




Birding in Taiwan Breaking News

Vinaceous Rosefinch as New Taiwan Endemic Species?

                At present, the Vinaceous Rosefinch, Carpodacus vinaceus formosanus, is considered a Taiwan endemic subspecies.  Recent studies suggest th.at it should be raised to full endemic species status.  The following is an excerpt from Zoologica Scripta, Volume 40, Issue 5, pages 468–478, September 2011:

Molecular and morphological evidences reveal a cryptic species in the Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus (Fringillidae; Aves)

1.     Wu, H.-C., Lin, R.-C., Hung, H.-Y., Yeh, C.-F., Chu, J.-H., Yang, X.-J., Yao, C.-J., Zou, F.-S., Yao, C.-T., Li, S.-H. & Lei, F.-M. (2011). Molecular and morphological evidences reveal a cryptic species in the Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus (Fringillidae; Aves). —Zoologica Scripta, 40, 468–478.

2.     Hsu-Chun Wu, Rong-Chien Lin, Hsin-Yi Hung contributed equally to this work.

The Vinaceous Rosefinch (Carpodacus vinaceus) is endemic in East Asia with two recognized subspecies –C. v. vinaceus, distributed along the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas, and C. v. formosanus, restricted to Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. As reflected in a controversial taxonomic history, this vastly disjunctive distribution pattern suggests that the subspecies, having been isolated from each other for a long time, might have diverged, challenging the current taxonomic treatment and calling for possible species delimitation. Sequences of two mitochondrial fragments (mtDNA) and two Z-linked nuclear loci (zDNA) were used to reconstruct the intraspecific phylogeny of C. vinaceous. The mtDNA tree shows that the two subspecies of the vinaceous rosefinch form two exclusively monophyletic clades. All but one zDNA sequences from the nominate subspecies and C. v. formosanus also formed exclusively monophyletic clades (the exceptional zDNA sequence from C. v. vinaceous formed a weakly supported clade with two outgroup species). Moreover, by conducting quantitative comparisons of morphometric traits and male plumage coloration, we found that the two subspecies exhibit distinguishable morphological differences. All the evidence therefore suggests that C. v. formosanus is a cryptic species and that its taxonomic status should be restored to full species. Molecular dating suggests that the two sibling rosefinches split 1.7 ± 0.2 million years ago, providing a point estimate for the historical connectivity of biota between eastern Tibet-Himalayas and montane Taiwan.

Publication History

1.     Issue published online: 10 AUG 2011

2.     Article first published online: 25 JUL 2011

3.     Submitted 28 December 2010 Accepted 13 June 2011 doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2011.00487.x

Some Rare Birds in Taiwan, October–November, 2010

Several species of rare birds were found in Taiwan in late October and early November, 2010, perhaps due to the passage of Typhoon Megi.  Among the rarities observed by the Birding in Taiwan and Legacy Tour (U.S.A.) group at Yeliou Geopark, Taipei County, on October 22, were an Asian Stubtail, Urosphena squameiceps; Gray’s Warbler, Locustella fasciolata, Radde’s Warbler, Phylloscopus schwarzi; Ijima’s Leaf-Warbler, Phylloscopus ijimae; and a juvenile female Siberian Thrush, Zoothera sibirica.

At Longshan Temple, Taipei, the tour group found a Blyth’s Leaf-Warbler, Phylloscopus reguloides goodsoni, also known as Hartert’s Warbler, Phylloscopus goodsoni, on October 23. 

At Inda Eco-Farm, Pingtung County, were a Middendorff’s Warbler, Locustella ochotensis, and two Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus salangensis on October 31.

On November 1, at Taijiang National Park/Yanshuei River, was an Asian Dowitcher, Limnodromus semipalmatus.

Photographs are by Liao Pen-shing.


Ijima’s Warbler

A very rare Ijima’s Warbler was found in  Da-an Park, Taipei, on March 11, 2010, by Simon Liao and visiting birder, Patrick Burke (U.K.)

Ijima’s Warbler Phylloscopus ijimae, (also called Ijima’s Leaf-Warbler, Ijima’s Willow Warbler, Izu Leaf-Warbler) breeds on the Izu and Tokara islands in the southern Japanese Archipelago. The breeding islands are small; the breeding population is also small, estimated at 2,500 to 10,000.  This warbler qualifies as Vulnerable (BirdLife International) because of its small, declining and severely fragmented population resulting from loss of habitat (broad-leaved evergreen forest), potentially compounded by pesticide use.  Its wintering range is poorly understood; there are sparse records from Japan, Taiwan (1, Yeliou Geopark, April 9, 2006; 1, Yeliou Geopark, September 23–25, 2006; 1, Hualien County, March 1960; 2, Puli, Taichung County, December 1924; and the Philippines. 

On March 16, Simon Liao and Jo  Ann MacKenzie went to Da-an Park, hoping to relocate the Ijima’s Warbler.  That bird was gone; but, they found a Gray’s Warbler, Locustella fasciolata, another rare migrant through Taiwan.

The Ijima’s Warbler favors canopy habitat; the Gray’s Warbler is a skulking bird of undergrowth, especially near streams.


Chinese Crested Tern Tour, July 2009


After some typhoon-related delay, the July 18–19 tour for Chinese Crested Tern was successful.  Six adults and two chicks were seen in the Matsu Tern Reserve, delighting observers from Austria, Ireland, the U.K. and Taiwan.


The Sighting of a Possible Hybrid of Chinese Crested Tern and Greater Crested Tern

by Chang Shou-hua, Matsu Wild Bird Society;

translation from Mandarin by Dustin Wang

On the morning of June 6, 2009, we took the car arranged by the Fujien Birdwatching Society to Eel Beach which is near the border of Jien-fong Township and Mei-hua Township, China. After a two-hour ride, we arrived at our destination. Then we took a boat for about ten minutes. After that, we were on the beach.

As it was the time of high tide, we could not reach the sandbank in the middle of the river mouth where the terns usually show themselves. So we had to wait for about an hour before we could cut through the water. Eel Beach is the largest sand plate of the river mouth of the Ming River, Fujien, China. In December, there were almost 40 thousand waders here. From May to September is the season of terns. Through our telescopes, we soon sighted 5 Chinese Crested Terns. After waiting for a long time, we luckily got pictures of courting behavior of a pair of Chinese Crested Terns. Soon the tide retreated and the terns departed. We packed our gear, with happiness in our mind.

 Our goals this time were to photograph courting behavior of Chinese Crested Terns, and to get a better understanding of their habitat on Eel Beach. A more important purpose was to visit the Fujien Birdwatching Society and discuss how to cooperate on the mission of protecting the Chinese Crested Terns.

On the morning of June 8, we went to the Eel Beach again. This time, we arrived before high tide and waited for the terns to come close to us as the tide rose. Two hours later, 5 Chinese Crested Terns showed up in a group of Greater Crested Terns. Among them, we found a possible hybrid of the Chinese Crested Tern and the Greater Crested Tern which a birder named Chen-Lin, a member of Fujien Birdwatching Society, had photographed and told us about last year. After several minutes of photography and observation, we found that this Chinese Crested Tern did have something special (Images 1–3).


1.      1.The back and flight feathers were darker than those of the Chinese Crested Tern and more similar to those of the Greater Crested Tern.



2.2.2.The black crest of the Chinese Crested Tern almost reached the base of the bill. But there was an obvious distance between the black crest and the base of the bill of this one. The space was white, but the distance was shorter than that of a Greater Crested Tern. Chen-Lin thought it was a hybrid of the Chinese Crested Tern and the Greater Crested Tern. He also showed us a film of a Greater Crested Tern courting it, but there was no mating. I think even if mating were to take place, It might not reproduce.


3.      3.On June 21, birders from Taiwan and China conducted an investigation on the Chinese Crested Tern in the Matsu Tern Reserve. We found another Chinese Crested Tern with abnormal color. Its back and flight feathers were darker than a normal Chinese Crested Tern but paler than that the bird on Eel Beach, Fujien. Also, the black part of its bill appeared shorter than that of normal Chinese Crested Tern. (Images 4, 5).

Later, we asked Liu Shiao-ru, a researcher of the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, about the first and second points. She said: if the DNA relationship between the two species is not great, it is possible to hybridize. And since we saw that it did not respond to the courting behavior of the Greater Crested Tern, it is possible that it cannot reproduce. In nature, many hybrids are like this. It would not be unusual if it can’t reproduce. But it will be a big issue if it can reproduce.
As for the third point, we’d like to ask for the opinions from you all. Will the Chinese Crested Tern become extinct? Will they hybridize with the Greater Crested Tern? And if they do, will the hybrids be able to reproduce? All the questions remain unsolved and need your attention.

Click here to present your opinion.


July 2009 — Chinese Crested Terns Have Returned

Chinese Crested Terns have returned to the Matsu Archipelago for the 2009 nesting season.  A survey by Chang Shou-hua has revealed the presence of seven birds in the Matsu Tern Reserve.  The Chinese Crested Tern survey is continuing; the exact number of these very rare terns has not yet been finally determined.


Rare Bird:  Narcissus Flycatcher

Narcissus Fycatcher, Ficedula narcissina is rare migrant through Taiwan.  This male bird was photographed on April 22, 2009 at Yeliou.  The species breeds in Japan and extreme eastern Russia; it winters primarily in Borneo. Image by Jason Chaung.

Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher


This elegant male Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata was at Yeliou in northern Taiwan on April 22, 2009.  The species breeds in Japan, Korea, Taiwan (including Lanyu Island, T. a. periopthalmica, considered resident) and the extreme northern Philippines.  The main wintering areas are Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.  Image by Jason Chaung.


Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher


This migrant female Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata was at Yeliou in northern Taiwan on March 31, 2009.  The species breeds in Japan, Korea, Taiwan (including Lanyu Island, T. a. periopthalmica, considered resident) and the extreme northern Philippines.  The main wintering areas are Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.  Image by Jo Ann MacKenzie.

Yellow-throated Bunting


Two Yellow-throated Buntings, Emberiza elegans (also called Elegant Bunting) were at Yeliou on March 31, 2009.  Breeding distribution includes southern Russian Far East, Korea, and parts of China.  Wintering areas include Japan, southeast China, Taiwan (rare) to Myanmar (Burma).  Images by Jo Ann MacKenzie.


Taiwan Partridge


With its big voice, a rising crescendo of guru-guru-guru, endemic Taiwan Partridge, Arborophila crudigularis is often heard in mid-elevation forest, but due to its relatively small size (length 28cm), cryptic colouring and extremely wary habits, this species is seldom seen.  This bird was photographed at Huisun Forest Station.  Two birds were calling behind one of the buildings.  Suddenly, one bird flew out of the forest toward the building, struck a second-floor window, bounced off the glass and flew to a tree, about 10m up, where it remained for several minutes before flying to the ground.  It stood on a log for a few minutes, then walked out of sight.  Images by Jo Ann MacKenzie, 22 March 2009.



Kuo K.K.

Chairman Yuan Yu Industries Ltd


Huang Wen-Hsin


Fairy Pitta by Chen Wen Wang
Chen-wen Wang





Hank Tseng


Ten-Di Wu


Liao Pen Shing


Kuo K.K. Art Gallery Updated


Birding in Saint Lucia

Jo Ann MacKenzie

During the last week of November, 2007, a Taiwan International Birding Association delegation traveled to Saint Lucia, West Indies, on a mission of “eco-diplomacy,” to assist the government of St. Lucia in producing a bird book specific to St. Lucia.  At present, the birds of St. Lucia are only illustrated in books on the West Indies.  A Birding in St. Lucia website will also be developed to encourage ecotourism for birding.  MORE


Birding in Chung Yo



ITBA in Saint Lucia


Owl Art Gallery



Trip Report:

BIRDING IN TAIWAN October 8–12, 2007



The Story of “Krosa” the Dog


Birding in the Southwest Coast of Taiwan


Birding in Blue Gate


Birding in Taipinshan


Birds in Taiwan – Species Account : Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon Story 

The Falcons of Kaohsiung Part 1

The Falcons of Kaohsiung Part 2


ITBA Goes to the 2008 British Birdwatching Fair

            The International Taiwan Birding Association will again represent Taiwan at the British Birdwatching Fair, 15–17 August, to be held in the Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.  Simon Liao and Jo Ann MacKenzie invite you to attend a talk on Chinese Crested Tern, and Endemics of Taiwan on Saturday, August 16, 4:00–4:20 p.m. in Lecture Marquee 2.   There will be free gifts for those attending.

            We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones this year. 

歡迎你來參加2007年, 我的母親舊濁水溪攝影比賽


Birding in Aowanda