Birding in Taiwan: 8. Taiwan Barwing

on 22nd January 2015

“This lovely medium sized babbler, Taiwan Barwing (Actinodura morrisoniana), is found at the higher mountain altitudes 1,700 to 2,800 meters ASL (Avifauna of Taiwan, 2nd edition).

“There are some concerns with numbers and it may be vulnerable, but the recovery of the habitat argues well for the species.

“Often in a small flock as part of a mix foraging party.

“We saw it with White-whiskered Laughingthrushs (Garrulax morrisonianus) and Flamecrests (Regulus goodfellowi). Feeds on berries and insects.

“While we were pleasantly distracted watching one of these groups, a small raptor (probably an Accipiter) took the opportunity to swoop down over our shoulder and attack the party of barwings. As far as we were aware none were captured but the resultant vocal distress was loud HERE (also see below).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
20th December 2015

Location: Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, Heping District, Taiwan
Habitat: 2,500 meters 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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