Trip report: Taiwan: Formosan Endemics (April 2012) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a set departure tour with a slightly different itinerary to the one currently being offered.

With 23 endemic bird species according to the latest Clements update and more sure to follow, Taiwan is an increasingly important birding destination. It is not just quantity of endemics though but quality, with some of the most desirable birds in Asia, including the stunning Mikado & Swinhoe‟s Pheasants. Taiwan also has world class shorebirding and is probably the best place in the world to see the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill. On this tour we visited a wide variety of locations, from the mudflats of Tainan and coastal grasslands of Zhiben to the cool montane forests of Dashueshan and the rugged island of Lanyu with its unique mix of birds and interesting aboriginal culture. On this tour (one of 2 Spring trips we ran this year) we recorded a total of almost 200 species including all the endemics (with just 1 heard only). We witnessed breath-taking scenery, ate delicious food and met wonderfully hospitable people on a daily basis. Taiwan makes a wonderful introduction to East Asian birding.

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