Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Barwing (Sibia morrisoniana)


French: Actinodure de Taiwan German: Taiwanmeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia de Formosa

Actinodura morrisoniana


, 1906,

Mount Morrison, Taiwan





Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; mean 32 g. Typical short-tailed barwing with chestnut hood, white-streaked grey breast and buff-and-rufous belly streaking. Crown and head side (lores, ear-... read more


Song a loud clear “whit chiwwii” or “whit tchiyiwi” (the “whit... read more


Mature broadleaf deciduous forest and broadleaf evergreen forest, mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly arthropods such as beetle larvae (Coleoptera), other insects and their larvae; also berries and seeds; berries of honeysuckle (... read more


Apr–May. Nest bulky, with much moss added, placed on branch in canopy. No other information.


Resident. Reports of movements to lower elevations during harsh winter weather at higher levels of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Common. In Yushan National Park, recorded density of 2·39 birds/ha in mixed coniferous forest,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Taiwan Barwing (Sibia morrisoniana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).