Monday, April 16, 2012

Little Forktail at Dasyueshan, Taiwan.

(15-4-2002, Dasyueshan, Taiwan.)

Little Forktail (Enicurus scouleri, 小剪尾) is one of my lifers on today's birding at Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Park, Taichung, Taiwan. It is an endemic sub-species of Taiwan, and the only Forktail species exists in Taiwan, with the average size of 12cm, which is smaller than Forktail species that I had seen in Malaysia.

Little Forktail is rare and also known as one of the four celebrities of stream birds in Taiwan. It took me almost two years to find this Little Forktail. I finally spotted and digiscoped it in Dasyueshan on 15 April.

(Click on the picture for an enlarged view). 

The other three popular stream birds of Taiwan are:

Taiwan Whistling Thrush (Myiophoneus insularis, 紫嘯鶇), it is rare and endemic species of Taiwan. I spotted this bird in Taroko, in 2009.

Plumbeous Water Redstart (Phoenicurus fuliginosus, 鉛色水鶇), an endemic sub-species of Taiwan. It's very common in Alishan Recreation Park, I spotted it in 2009. But, now it is hardly seen in Alishan due to the park is over crowded by tourists, or perhaps you have to be there before the crowd. 
Male Plumbeous Water Redstart
Female Plumbeous Water Redstart

Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii, 河烏), I spotted this bird in Wulai in 2009, and it is still easily spotted there.

Happy Birding. and
Keep Watching, Keep Listening and Keep Exploring.

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