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Taiwan (Matsu island)

This checklist includes all bird species found in Taiwan (Matsu island) , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Clements 6th edition (updated 2014). If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Threatened Birds of the World (Birds to Watch 3).

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Country or region: Taiwan (Matsu island)
Number of species: 339
Number of globally threatened species: 9
Number of introduced species: 3
Date last reviewed: 2012-05-12
See also: http://www.bird.org.tw/index.php/works/lists

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Tundra Bean-GooseAnser serrirostris
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsRare/Accidental
Mandarin DuckAix galericulataRare/Accidental
GadwallAnas strepera
Falcated DuckAnas falcataNear-threatened
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Eastern Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhynchaRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
GarganeyAnas querquedulaRare/Accidental
Baikal TealAnas formosaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Japanese QuailCoturnix japonicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated LoonGavia stellataRare/Accidental
Yellow-billed LoonGavia adamsiiRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisRare/Accidental
Horned GrebePodiceps auritusRare/Accidental
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusRare/Accidental
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaRare/Accidental
Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma monorhisRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minorRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Brown BoobySula leucogasterRare/Accidental
Red-footed BoobySula sulaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Japanese CormorantPhalacrocorax capillatusRare/Accidental
Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellaris
Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Schrenck's BitternIxobrychus eurhythmusRare/Accidental
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeus
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollisRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpureaRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Chinese EgretEgretta eulophotesRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Chinese Pond-HeronArdeola bacchus
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Japanese Night-HeronGorsachius goisagiRare/Accidental Endangered

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicusIntroduced species
Black-faced SpoonbillPlatalea minorRare/Accidental Endangered

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered KiteElanus caeruleus
Oriental Honey-buzzardPernis ptilorhynchusRare/Accidental
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clangaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Gray-faced BuzzardButastur indicus
Eastern Marsh-HarrierCircus spilonotusRare/Accidental
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
Crested GoshawkAccipiter trivirgatusRare/Accidental
Chinese SparrowhawkAccipiter soloensis
Japanese SparrowhawkAccipiter gularis
BesraAccipiter virgatusRare/Accidental
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusRare/Accidental
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogasterRare/Accidental
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Upland BuzzardButeo hemilasiusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Red-legged CrakeRallina fasciataRare/Accidental
Brown-cheeked RailRallus indicus
Brown CrakeAmaurornis akool
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaRare/Accidental
Ruddy-breasted CrakePorzana fuscaRare/Accidental
Band-bellied CrakePorzana paykulliiRare/Accidental Near-threatened
WatercockGallicrex cinereaRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental
Gray-headed LapwingVanellus cinereusRare/Accidental
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolusRare/Accidental
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultiiRare/Accidental
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereusRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanusRare/Accidental
Little CurlewNumenius minutusRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresRare/Accidental
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiRare/Accidental
Long-toed StintCalidris subminutaRare/Accidental
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Asian DowitcherLimnodromus semipalmatusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenuraRare/Accidental
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megalaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticolaRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Yellow-legged ButtonquailTurnix tankiRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Ancient MurreletSynthliboramphus antiquusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Mew GullLarus canusRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagusRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Aleutian TernOnychoprion aleuticusRare/Accidental
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Chinese Crested TernThalasseus bernsteiniCritically endangered

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Oriental Turtle-DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Red Collared-DoveStreptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis
Thick-billed PigeonTreron curvirostraRare/Accidental
White-bellied PigeonTreron sieboldiiRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Chestnut-winged CuckooClamator coromandusRare/Accidental
Large Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx sparverioidesRare/Accidental
Northern Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx hyperythrusRare/Accidental
Indian CuckooCuculus micropterusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental
Himalayan CuckooCuculus saturatus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalusRare/Accidental
Plaintive CuckooCacomantis merulinus
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Oriental Scops-OwlOtus sunia
Northern BoobookNinox japonicaRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Gray NightjarCaprimulgus jotaka
Savanna NightjarCaprimulgus affinisRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Pacific SwiftApus pacificus
House SwiftApus nipalensis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Black-backed Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx erithacaRare/Accidental
Ruddy KingfisherHalcyon coromandaRare/Accidental
White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileataRare/Accidental
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquillaRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Amur FalconFalco amurensisRare/Accidental
MerlinFalco columbariusRare/Accidental
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus
Brown-rumped MinivetPericrocotus cantonensisRare/Accidental
Large CuckooshrikeCoracina maceiRare/Accidental
Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Bull-headed ShrikeLanius bucephalusRare/Accidental
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
Chinese Gray ShrikeLanius sphenocercusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
Crow-billed DrongoDicrurus annectans
Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azureaRare/Accidental
Japanese Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone atrocaudataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Asian Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian MagpiePica pica
RookCorvus frugilegusRare/Accidental
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchosRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Sky LarkAlauda arvensisRare/Accidental
Oriental SkylarkAlauda gulgula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Gray-throated MartinRiparia chinensisRare/Accidental
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

Gray-headed Canary-FlycatcherCulicicapa ceylonensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Japanese TitParus minor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

Black-throated TitAegithalos concinnus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Light-vented BulbulPycnonotus sinensis
Black BulbulHypsipetes leucocephalusRare/Accidental
Brown-eared BulbulHypsipetes amaurotisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cettiidae

Asian StubtailUrosphena squameicepsRare/Accidental
Rufous-faced WarblerAbroscopus albogularisRare/Accidental
Japanese Bush-WarblerHorornis diphone
Manchurian Bush-WarblerHorornis borealis
Brownish-flanked Bush-WarblerHorornis fortipes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatus
Radde's WarblerPhylloscopus schwarziRare/Accidental
Pallas's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus proregulus
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealis
Pale-legged Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus tenellipesRare/Accidental
Sakhalin Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus borealoidesRare/Accidental
Eastern Crowned Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus coronatusRare/Accidental
Sulphur-breasted WarblerPhylloscopus rickettiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Black-browed Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus bistrigicepsRare/Accidental
Oriental Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Pallas's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella certhiolaRare/Accidental
Middendorff's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella ochotensisRare/Accidental
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolataRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Yellow-bellied PriniaPrinia flaviventris
Plain PriniaPrinia inornata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Japanese White-eyeZosterops japonicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Chinese HwameiGarrulax canorusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Dark-sided FlycatcherMuscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa latirostris
Gray-streaked FlycatcherMuscicapa griseistictaRare/Accidental
Ferruginous FlycatcherMuscicapa ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis
Hainan Blue-FlycatcherCyornis hainanusRare/Accidental
Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinusRare/Accidental
Rufous-tailed RobinLarvivora sibilansRare/Accidental
Japanese RobinLarvivora akahigeRare/Accidental
Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyane
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaRare/Accidental
Blue Whistling-ThrushMyophonus caeruleus
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurus
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicillaRare/Accidental
Korean FlycatcherFicedula zanthopygiaRare/Accidental
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissina
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimakiRare/Accidental
Plumbeous RedstartPhoenicurus fuliginosusRare/Accidental
White-capped RedstartPhoenicurus leucocephalusRare/Accidental
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreus
White-throated Rock-ThrushMonticola gularis
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitarius
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurus
Gray BushchatSaxicola ferreus
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschankaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Siberian ThrushGeokichla sibiricaRare/Accidental
Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Gray-backed ThrushTurdus hortulorumRare/Accidental
Japanese ThrushTurdus cardisRare/Accidental
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Pale ThrushTurdus pallidus
Brown-headed ThrushTurdus chrysolaus
Red-throated ThrushTurdus ruficollisRare/Accidental
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomus
Naumann's ThrushTurdus naumanni

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Crested MynaAcridotheres cristatellus
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscusIntroduced species
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
Daurian StarlingSturnia sturnina
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingSturnia philippensisRare/Accidental
White-shouldered StarlingSturnia sinensis
Red-billed StarlingSturnus sericeus
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental
White-cheeked StarlingSturnus cineraceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Fork-tailed SunbirdAethopyga christinaeRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensis
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskiiRare/Accidental
Tree PipitAnthus trivialisRare/Accidental
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Pechora PipitAnthus gustavi
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus
Water PipitAnthus spinolettaRare/Accidental
American PipitAnthus rubescensRare/Accidental
Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulusRare/Accidental
Japanese WaxwingBombycilla japonicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Crested BuntingMelophus lathamiRare/Accidental
Meadow BuntingEmberiza cioidesRare/Accidental
Tristram's BuntingEmberiza tristrami
Chestnut-eared BuntingEmberiza fucataRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed BuntingEmberiza chrysophrys
Little BuntingEmberiza pusilla
Rustic BuntingEmberiza rusticaRare/Accidental
Yellow-throated BuntingEmberiza elegans
Yellow-breasted BuntingEmberiza aureolaEndangered
Chestnut BuntingEmberiza rutila
Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Yellow BuntingEmberiza sulphurataVulnerable
Black-faced BuntingEmberiza spodocephala
Gray BuntingEmberiza variabilisRare/Accidental
Pallas's BuntingEmberiza pallasiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

BramblingFringilla montifringillaRare/Accidental
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusRare/Accidental
Oriental GreenfinchChloris sinica
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesRare/Accidental
Yellow-billed GrosbeakEophona migratoria
Japanese GrosbeakEophona personataRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

White-rumped MuniaLonchura striataRare/Accidental
Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulata

 

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