Taiwan Whistling Thrush

Taiwan Whistling Thrush
Taiwan Whistling Thrush Myophonus insularis, Mt. Yangming, Taiwan. (Craig Brelsford)
Taiwan Whistling Thrush
Mt. Yangming, Taiwan. (Craig Brelsford)
Taiwan Whistling Thrush
Mt. Yangming. (Craig Brelsford)

Taiwan Whistling Thrush Myophonus 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 Thrush M. 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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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.

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