Tour overview

Included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
  • Transport including fuel
  • Guide services of the tour leader
  • Site & entry fees

Not Included

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Flights (Domestic or International)
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature

Day 1 - Arrive Taoyuan International Airport

Arrival in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

Day 2 - Dashueshan National Forest Recreation Area (1)

We will begin this morning and head to the Dashueshan National Forest Recreation Area where we have 2 full days to explore the whole area. The lower areas of this wonderful mountain are home to Taiwan Barbet, Taiwan Hwamei, Rufous-capped Babbler, Collared Finchbill and Gray Treepie. As the road slowly winds it way up higher a few stops along the way could result in our first Japanese White-eye, Brown Dipper, Plumbeous Water-redstart, Gray-cheeked Fulvetta and Vivid Niltava. Our birding will be spent mainly around the 2,000 meter altitude. Our tour to this beautiful island is focused on the many endemics that reside here and this mountain range is home to many. Besides our first chance to see Taiwan Partridge and Swinhoe's Pheasant we should easily pick up Steere’s Liochicla, Taiwan Whistling-thrush, White-eared Sibia, Collared Bush-robin, Taiwan Yellow Tit, Flamecrest, Taiwan Yuhina, Taiwan Barwing, Taiwan Cupwing and Rufous-crowned Laughing-thrush. Other species present include Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Yellowish-bellied Bush-warbler, Brown Bullfinch, Dusky Fulvetta, and both Green-backed and Black-throated Tits. This is also our first chance of finding the stunning Mikado Pheasant. Some stands of bamboo are home to Golden Parrotbill (a Chinese endemic and potential split as Taiwan Parrotbill), whilst nearby areas have the distinctive, Black-necklaced Scimitar-babbler (split from Rusty-cheeked) and Spotted Nutcracker (of the owstoni race and a potential split as Taiwan Nutcracker). At higher altitudes (2,600 meter.) we will look for White-whiskered Laughing-thrush, Taiwan Fulvetta (split from Streak-throated Fulvetta), Rusty Laughing-thrush and Taiwan Bush-warbler (split from Russet Bush-warbler). There are also chances of White-backed Woodpecker, Scaly Thrush, White-tailed Robin, Vinaceous Rosefinch and other high elevation species.

Day 3 - Dashueshan National Forest Recreation Area (2)

Full day at Dashueshan National Forest Recreation Area.

Day 4 - Dashueshan – Guguan

After some final birding at Dashueshan area we will visit Guguan which is good for the uncommon Taiwan Varied Tit and an excellent site to find the stunning Taiwan Blue Magpie, Maroon Oriole, Taiwan Bamboo-partridge (split from Chinese Bamboo-partridge), Taiwan Barbet, Collared Finchbill and Gray-capped Woodpecker.

Day 5 - Guguan – Puli

After morning birding at Guguan, we will proceed to Puli area. We will then overnight at a birder-owned homestay in Puli, a mellow lowland agricultural town surrounded by flooded fields of water-bamboo and other crops. We will do birding around Puli, focusing on wading birds, shorebirds and seeking a look at Greater Painted-snipe. This will be followed by another night at the homestay.

Day 6 - Puli – Cingjing – Hehuan Shan – Puli

We will cross the Hehuan Shan pass, at 3,275m the highest road in East Asia, to the Cingjing area. Away from the forest, areas of cultivation, tea gardens and scrub hold Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler, Striated Prinia and Vinous-throated Parrotbill. As we cross the pass, where there are magnificent mountain views on a clear day, we will stop to look for another endemic, the drably-colored Taiwan Bush-robin and we will also hope to find Alpine Accentor and the beautiful Vinaceous Rosefinch. Another star bird of the area is the endemic Rufous-crowned Laughing-thrush. Other species we may well encounter include Besra, Collared Owlet, Oriental Cuckoo, Gray-capped and White-backed Woodpeckers, Large Cuckooshrike, Eurasian Nuthatch, Eurasian Jay and Brown Bullfinch, White-bellied Green-pigeon, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Taiwan Barwing, Flamecrest, Taiwan Cupwing and Taiwan Shortwing.

Day 7 - Puli – Yushan National Park (Tataka Recreation Area) – Alishan

We will head for Yushan National Park (Tataka Recreation Area) in the early morning. Tataka Recreation Area (2,600m) in Yushan National Park is another excellent site for more mountainous specialties. This is good site to find the stunning Mikado Pheasant. Some stands of bamboo are home to Golden Parrotbill (a Chinese endemic and potential split as Taiwan Parrotbill), whilst nearby areas have the distinctive, Black-necklaced Scimitar-babbler (split from Rusty-cheeked) and Spotted Nutcracker. Collared Bush Robins and White-whiskered Laughing-thrushes are everywhere here and Yushan is also a good place for the shy Taiwan Wren-babbler and Taiwan Bush-warbler. We will also look for Taiwan Fulvetta (split from Streak-throated Fulvetta), Rusty Laughing-thrush and other high elevation species. Then we will visit lower elevation of Alishan. Our destination is Kwanghua village (1,000 meter).

Day 8 - Alishan – Kwantien, Tainan – Hengchun

Kwanghua village (1,000 meter), where both Swinhoe's Pheasant and the very shy Taiwan Partridge may be found in a privately-owned broadleaf forest. After some final birding at Kwanghua village, we drive to Kwantien, Tainan, to a small reserve where several pairs of Pheasant-tailed Jacanas reside. After what promises to be a very productive birding, we will begin the drive to the southernmost tip of Taiwan – Hengchun. Hengchun should produce the endemic Styan’s Bulbul as it is quite common here.

Day 9 - Hengchun –Inda Farm, Pingtung – Huben

After tick the Styan’s Bulbul, we will drive to a private farm in Pingtung. The woodland and forest edge in this area will be our best chance to see Black-naped Oriole. We may also encounter Maroon Oriole, Whistling Green Pigeon, Taiwan Barbet, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Lesser Coucal. Then, we will head for Huben area after lunch. Huben is also a good birding site for lowland endemics. We will looking for Black-necklaced Scimitar-Babbler, Taiwan Scimitar-Babbler, Gray-cheeked Fulvetta, Emerald Dove, White-bellied Yuhina and Maroon Oriole.

Day 10 - Huben – Xitou Nature Education Area - Taoyuan

We will bird the Xitou Nature Education Area in the morning for resident Scaly Thrush and other mid-elevation birds. Then we will head north to Taoyuan.

Day 11 - Take onward flights

Depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).