Bird Watching Guide

Creek area
The water in Aowanda's creeks is clear. In areas with streams, stream birds such as the plumbeous water redstart and little forktail can often be seen. Nearby, Taiwan whistling-thrush and white wagtail are also active. In winter, the grey wagtail appear while during summer, silver-backed needletail and northern white-rumped swift can be seen flying around and playing in the retention pond. The whistling call of the dusky fulvetta, which sounds like "Who burst the balloon" can be heard, but it is hard to catch sight of the secretive birds.

Forest area
Along the trails under the lush forests and tall trees in this area, you can hear the sweet singing of birds. Perhaps you may even encounter birds such as the gray-cheeked fulvetta, rufous-capped babbler, rufous-faced warbler, Taiwan Sibia, Steere's Liocichla, Taiwan barwing, island thrush, vivid Niltava, Taiwan bamboo partridge, Taiwan partridge and Swinhoe's pheasant. During the summer, you may encounter the Ferruginous flycatcher, Oriental cuckoo and hawk cuckoo.

Meadow area
This area near the Visitor Center offers an expansive view that makes it easy to watch birds. On the grassland in winter, thrushes such as the scaly thrush, dusky thrush, pale thrush and brown-headed thrush can be seen. Migratory birds such as the olive-backed pipit and daurian redstart can also be seen in winter. On the Taiwan cherry trees along the trails, small birds such as the Japanese white-eye, Taiwan yuhina, white-bellied erpornis, Eurasian nuthatch, green-backed tit, yellow tit and black-throated bushtit can also be commonly seen. The taller trees are often inhabited by birds such as the grey-chinned minivet, bronzed drongo, black bulbul, Taiwan blue magpie, Eurasian jay, large-billed crow, Taiwan barbet, grey-capped pygmy woodpecker, fire-breasted flowerpecker, white-bellied green-pigeon and Oriental turtle dove. Pacific swallow, house swift and crested serpent eagle can also be seen flying in the sky.

Platform area
Several areas in the forest have relatively flat terrain and have been constructed into platforms accordingly. Platform Two is not only elevated off the ground and laid with wooden planks to provide more nesting space for birds. Nesting boxes have also been installed on tree branches at varying heights. Years of observation show that birds that use the nesting boxes to build their nests are mainly small birds such as the Eurasian nutchatch, yellow tit, green-backed tit, chestnut-bellied tit and rufous-faced warbler. Here you can sit back and relax on the wooden floor to watch the agile bodies of the birds busy at work.

Grey throated minivet

  1. Do not wear bright colorful clothes and do not make loud noises. Remain quiet and listen to the beautiful music of nature.
  2. Please keep your distance when bird watching and do not get close to the birds. Use your binoculars to draw in the distance to the birds. A binocular magnification of 7 to 10 times is optimal.
  3. If you encounter birds building their nest or feeding their nestlings, move away as quickly as possible to avoid disturbing the reproduction process of the birds. If you find nestlings that have fallen out of their nest, return them to their nest or place them in a safe place and let their parents continue feeding them. Do not collect bird eggs or take the nestlings.
  4. Some birds are shy by nature, so their behaviors are secretive and difficult to observe. Do not throw stones or play bird sounds to lure them out. It is important to know that the birds are under no obligation to display themselves for our viewing.
  5. Bird watch with a respectful heart towards life and nature.
  6. If you come across an injured bird, please contact the Endemic Species Research Institute of Jiji Township. Telephone: 049-2761331 ext. 309, or contact the local bird associations.