Birding in Taiwan: 10. Taiwan Yuhina

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“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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