Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

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臺灣 Taiwan 44 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2015 nel at its southern tip in Kenting. Among the most interesting migrants are the pas- serines, including the beautiful thrushes and robins from the Eastern Palearctic woodlands and steppes of Siberian Russia and China. Perhaps the most famous of these is the highly sought-after Siberian Rubythroat, which is common in Taiwan in winter, found even in the outskirts of Taipei. Stunning migrant passerines also include Mugimaki and Narcissus fycatch- ers, White's (Scaly) Thrush, and Dusky Thrush. Other migrant species, including rarities or vagrants, comprise 10 warblers, nine buntings, six fycatchers, and a few shrikes, making winter (October–March) a highly proftable time for birding in Taiwan. Summer (April–June) also has its special visitors, most notably the rare Fairy Pitta, which migrates from the Philippines and Borneo to breed in the small rem- nants of lowland forest in coastal Taiwan. Unfortunately, the pitta's habitat is being degraded every year, and the small breed- ing population in Taiwan is shrinking. The most popular time to visit the is- land is the last two weeks of April, when the perfect combination of the most desir- able summer and winter migrants overlap, and the endemics and breeding species are very active. At this time, you can get the Black-faced Spoonbill. Photo © Keith Barnes Taiwan (White-faced) Sibia. Photo © Keith Barnes "Taiwan" Island Thrush. Photo © Keith Barnes

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