Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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45 March 2015 | Birder's Guide to Travel very best of both worlds. There is still much to be learned about the regular breeding and mi- grant avifauna of Taiwan. Every year, new species are recorded on the is- land, and several species that were thought to be vagrants are found to be regular visitors in small numbers. A big surprise occurred in June 2000, when some small rocky offshore islets of Matsu revealed one of the most ex- citing seabird fnds of the century. Two pairs of Chinese Crested Tern, a bird ornithologists were convinced was ex- tinct, were discovered breeding when they were "accidentally"photographed amongst some Greater Crested Terns. This emphasizes that Taiwan remains poorly known from an ornithological perspective; however, a growing com- munity of local birders and ornitholo- gists is changing that. From a logistics perspective, Taiwan is one of the most sophisticated places on Earth, with high-speed trains that travel at 150 mph (241 kph), the world's second-tallest building (Taipei 101), a bevy of domestic fights, and a slew of boutique hotels and small Chinese-style homestays close to every Male Siberian Rubythroat. Photo © 阿堯 Taiwan Scimitar-Babbler. Photo © 阿堯 White-whiskered Laughingthrush. Photo © Keith Barnes Taiwan Blue-Magpie. Photo © Lai Wagtail

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