Tour At A Glance

Cost:

4799

Deposit:

1000

Single Room Supplement:

500

Tour Code:

Fairly intensive tour with several bases. Also some walking at altitude.

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Black-throated Tit Black-faced Spoonbill Rufous-faced Warbler Taiwan Partridge Taiwan Yellow Tit White-tailed Robin

Taiwan - The Fabulous birds of Formosa

Date: 23rd April - 7th May 2022
Leaders: Neil Glenn and Kuan-Chieh (Chuck) Hung

Introduction

 

Mikado Pheasant

 

 

Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, lies off the south east coast of China. The island is 245 miles long and only 90 miles wide at its broadest. Getting around is relatively easy, as the tourist infrastructure is well established. There is a mountainous backbone running down Taiwan, home to many endemic birds -  over 30 endemic species in fact – increasing almost every year as Taxonomy advances. There are also many more endemic subspecies (of birds and butterflies). This Oriole Birding tour itinerary gives us the chance to encounter most of the endemic birds as we cover the key sites and habitats of this magnificent birding country, sample is local cuisine and enjoy it’s dramatic scenery. Endemic birds are high on the agenda of course, with many sumptuous bird names that will sound quite alien to anyone that has never birded this part of Asia before such as Taiwan Cupwing, Black-necklaced Scimitar-babbler, Steere’s Liocichla and and White-eared Sibia. Taiwan also has some exciting gamebirds, not least the endemic and dramatic Mikado Pheasant, and we will also of course be seeking the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill too.

The tour is also timed to coincide with spring migration, so we should encounter quite a few Asian and Siberian migrant birds returning north to breed. For European birders, this can include such mouth-watering possibilities as Black-faced and Yellow-browed Buntings, Brown Shrike, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Olive-backed Pipit, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Great Knot. Come with us to this fascinating, friendly country to see many exotic birds along with one or two more familiar ones. Your tour leader will be Neil Glenn and local guide Kuan-Chieh (Chuck) Hung for this new adventure and you can expect to see around 200 species.

 

 

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