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Birding in Taiwan: 5. The Emperor of Dasyueshan, Mikado Pheasant

on 10th January 2015

“There are two endemic pheasants in Taiwan, the Mikado Pheasant (Syrmaticus Mikado) (above) and the Swinhoe’s Pheasant (Lophura swinhoii).

“Both serve as icons for bird splendour and bird watching in the country. The Mikado Pheasant is displayed on the 1000 Taiwan dollar currency note (above). Both pheasants are relatively easy to see in the Dasyueshan National Forest if you are willing to be patient.

“The Mikado Pheasant is also known as an Emperor Pheasant; the word ‘mikado’ mean ‘emperor’. And the bird is truly regal. I found this pheasant more ‘enchanting’ than the Swinhoe’s which many photographers wait patiently to image. Above shows the royal family.

“Note that I took two images in succession, one focused on male (above) and the other on the female (below) and merged them to allow both birds to be sharp in the image.

“The images shared here were taken on a wet and misty morning, the ideal conditions for the Mikado Pheasant. I ignored lens damage in my excitement to view these magnificent birds. I will not describe the birds and let the images speak for themselves, but I will say that the female’s plumage was as mesmerizing as the male’s.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
19th December 2014

Location: Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, Heping District, Taiwan
Habitat: 2400 meter ASL, forested region

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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