Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Taiwan Hwamei (Garrulax taewanus)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe de Taiwan German: Taiwanhäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Formosa
Taxonomy:

Garrulax Taewanus

Swinhoe

, 1859,

Taiwan

.

Formerly treated as conspecific with G. canorus (see above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

21–24 cm. Crown is cold ochre-tinged buff with dark brown streaks, shading on mantle to buffish-grey with soft-edged irregular streaking; rest of upperparts greyish-... read more

Voice

Songs rich and varied, quite high-pitched, resemble those of L. canorum but less complex,... read more

Habitat

Secondary vegetation, upper undergrowth and lower tree strata in foothill and submontane Ficus-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and seeds found in stomachs. Forages singly, in pairs or in small parties, on ground.

Breeding

Mar–Aug. Nest a rough cup of leaves (including Miscanthus and bamboo), twigs, roots and coarse grasses, rather loosely bound... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened Currently considered Near Threatened. Fairly common to common. Formerly abundant, but has suffered from extensive habitat clearance in lower parts of... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Taiwan Hwamei (Garrulax taewanus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59616 on 17 November 2017).