Birding in Taiwan: 10. Taiwan Yuhina

on 3rd February 2015

“A delightful little Taiwan Yuhina (Yuhina brunneiceps) with elegant crest and facial markings. Common in the highlands and one of the most frequent birds seen in mix foraging parties. We saw it often feeding on berries (nectar in the spring) in flocks of 5-10.

“There is some variation in the tone of the breast/underparts. It is described as ‘off white’ or ‘whitish’ with chestnut brown streaks at flanks. But I noticed some birds have light yellow and other a brownish tint to the breast. Avifauna of Taiwan, 2nd edition states that some individuals have yellowish white underparts.

“Calls HERE, best described by Brazil 2009 as “tswee sit seeyou” and “pit pit” both of which I was able to document and sonogram (below).

“Another very ‘Chinese’ looking bird.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
18th December 2014

Location: Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, Heping District, Taiwan
Habitat: 1750-2000 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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