Taiwan Whistling ThrushMyophonus insularis is endemic to Taiwan. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Dense forests along streams and near waterfalls, to 2700 m (8,860 ft.). Forages on ground, flicking and fanning tail. ID & COMPARISON Slightly smaller and bluer than Blue Whistling ThrushM. caeruleus and lacks spangles on upperparts. Glossy, blackish-blue plumage, tending more toward blue on lesser coverts and tail. BARE PARTS Eye red, legs black and long. VOICE Screeching calls, often heard at dawn; loud, melodious song. — Craig Brelsford
Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.