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Taiwan Barwing - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave 2x
Dasyueshan, Taiwan, March 2013

Alternative name: Formosan Barwing

Actinodura morrisoniana


18 - 19cm. A typical barwing:

  • Crown and head side chestnut with a dull rufous eyering
  • Upperparts ochrous-grey with soft whitish streaks on nape and mantle
  • Flight feathers and tail densely barred with black and rufous
  • Rufous chin and throat
  • Olive-grey breast with whitish streaks
  • Olive-tinged rufous belly with vague streaking

Sexes similar. Juveniles not yet described.


Endemic to Taiwan.
Restricted-range species but common in parts of its range.

Photo by YFChin
Taiwan, November 2005


Sometimes placed in the genus Ixops.


Montane forests, favouring lower and mid levels from 1500m to 3000m.


Feeds on beetle larvae, other insects and their larvae but takes also berries and seeds.
Usually seen singly, in pairs or in small groups. Often toghether with Steere's Liocichla, White-eared Sibia or Taiwan Yuhina.
Breeding season from April to May. The nest is bulky, made with lots of moss and placed on a branch in the canopy. No other information.
Reisent species. Some altitudinal movement in harsh winters may occur.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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