Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, or "beautiful island," is situated just 100 miles across the Taiwan Straits from Mainland China. The island is relatively small but its mountains are extremely high, reaching nearly 13,000 feet at Yushan (Jade Mountain). They rise straight out of the sea on the east coast, while the west side of the island is a flat and fertile plain, now mostly developed agriculturally with rice paddies. The population is about 23 million, heavily urbanized, and falling due to emigration. It is the central mountains that contain all but one of Taiwan's 28 endemic birds, with another 56 subspecies also being endemic.
Star attractions include the wonderful Swinhoe's and Mikado pheasants, Taiwan Hill-Partridge, the stunning Flamecrest, Collared Bush-Robin, the rare and declining Styan's Bulbul, the elusive Malay Night-Heron (for which Taipei is one of the best localities), Fairy Pitta (Taiwan is one of the best places to see this rare bird), Taiwan Rosefinch, Taiwan/White-browed Shortwing, Alpine Accentor, the rare and distinctive Taiwan Thrush, and Eurasian Nutcracker. Owls are also a feature, and our 2020 tour as an example saw Himalayan Owl, Mountain and Collared scops-owls, and Northern Boobook. The striking and large White-headed Flying-Squirrel, Reeves's Mutjac, and Taiwan Serow are some of the mammals we might encounter. Many Palearctic migrants also pass through, and we might see a good selection including Red-flanked Bluetail, Pale Thrush, and a wide range of Asian shorebirds.
Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, is still regarded by Mainland China as a renegade province. The country is not officially recognized by many states, which favor China instead because of its enormous political and economic influence. That said, Taiwan is a safe and friendly place to visit with some rewarding birding and gorgeous mountain scenery. Taroko Gorge and some of the central national parks are candidates for World Heritage listing if political squabbles can be sorted out.
Tourism in Taiwan is developing well, but overseas visitors are still a bit of a novelty away from the cities. The people are extremely friendly and helpful, and in the cities many understand English. Taiwanese people have a cultural reverence for nature, with sightseeing and nature in general as important recreational interests. Join us for a spring tour to this beautiful and seldom-visited island. You may wish to add some personal time for sightseeing before or after the tour.
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If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2020 sample (PDF)
- 2021 (PDF expected Aug 2020)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
May 4-15, 2021
Guided by: Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Manager: Karen Turner
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2020=$5150
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May 3-14, 2022
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2020=$5150
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Enjoy looking through the 1 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!