Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Whistling-thrush (Myophonus insularis)


French: Arrenga de Taiwan German: Taiwanpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga de Formosa

Myiophoneus insularis


, 1863,



Close to, and previously considered conspecific with, M. horsfieldii. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

28–30 cm. Resembles M. horsfieldii, but duller, with dull dark blue metallic forehead-band, duller scaling below, royal-blue wing fringes, uppertail and... read more


Song unhurried, a mix of rising and falling whistles and pleasant melodic phrases, with a few... read more


Ground and lower storeys of dense broadleaf evergreen forest, with bamboo; near gulleys with water... read more

Food and feeding

Freshwater invertebrates and larvae, also earthworms, orthopterans, mantids, and frogs and lizards. Forages mostly on ground in damp areas... read more


Apr–Jul. Nest of moss, dead twigs, stems and roots, lined with finer material, placed in cavity among rocks, sometimes up to 12 m... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Reasonably common and widespread, mainly in lower-lying forests.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Taiwan Whistling-thrush (Myophonus insularis). 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 28 February 2020).