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BIRDS of TAIWAN

BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby renju » 10 Nov 2004, 17:45

I am looking for the books about Birds of Taiwan in English.Any suggestion.Thanks
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Postby sandman » 10 Nov 2004, 18:29

I've never found one, but I have a very good field guide in Chinese, which has the English names, Linnaean taxonomy and distribution maps. Not sure where you can get a copy but it's proved very useful to me over the years.
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby Mother Theresa » 09 Dec 2009, 13:34

So, I was sitting in a conference room at work an hour ago, way up high over the city, and I looked out the window and there was this beautiful hawk, sitting on the ledge just 15 feet away. I got out my iPhone and took a few photos. Maybe I'll post one later. But he just sat there for at least 15 minutes, stretching this wing, then that, walking a few steps this way, then craning his neck around and watching me. He watched me for a long time and didn't appear to be at all frightened (even when irishstu entered the room!). He was a beauty, maybe 18 inches tall, grey with black stripes, black wing tips, a white/gray striped breast, a light-colored chin, and big beautiful yellow feet. Any idea what bird he might be?
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby almas john » 09 Dec 2009, 13:46

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Anything like this critter? Bigger I guess.
Have a look around this excellent website http://www.birdingintaiwan.org/birdsintwn.htm
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby Tempo Gain » 09 Dec 2009, 13:47

I can't find my bird guide or I'd have a go. I saw a few trees full of those little yellow finches today. Cute little guys. Opposite side of the spectrum I guess
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby Wookiee » 09 Dec 2009, 13:48

A Snake Eagle?
It sounds similar to the one we saw on the telephone pole while riding up the back road from Jinshan to FKK.
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby Mother Theresa » 09 Dec 2009, 14:03

almas john wrote:Anything like this critter? Bigger I guess.


Possibly, that is similar, but that's a lot lighter than what I saw, though I was looking from behind, not from the front. Presumably that guy would look darker from behind. Still, I suspect that may not be him.

Have a look around this excellent website http://www.birdingintaiwan.org/birdsintwn.htm


Excellent? Yes and no. It would be nice if one could browse through and they grouped similar birds (hawks, eagles, kestrels) together for comparison. Also, it would be nice if one could select properties on a photo there in order to post it on a site such as this for discussion.

The closest I saw there was a kestrel, which are apparently common here in the winter, but that definitely appeared to be too light in color also.

Wookie, yes, the one on the telephone pole may have been the same.
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby Icon » 09 Dec 2009, 14:40

According to my coworker the biologist and the guide book:

Common Kestrel

He says it tastes good in soup. :D
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby sandman » 09 Dec 2009, 15:24

A kestrel? Rubbish! Kestrels are basically chestnut-coloured with a pronounced black stripe over their eyes.
MT, what you saw was most probably an immature goshawk. Like this?
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Re: BIRDS of TAIWAN

Postby irishstu » 09 Dec 2009, 15:36

Crappy cellphone pic, I'm afraid. Not to mention it being in the shade and with a very bright background.

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It looked very nice in real life.
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