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Taiwan Hwamei - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave 2x
Huajiang, Taipei, Taiwan, August 2015
Garrulax taewanus


21-24cm (8¼-9½ in). A plain medium-sized laughingtrhush:

  • Upperparts are olive, greyish brown with a buff crown and nape which are streaked with dark brown
  • Flight feathers are dark brown
  • Tail is dark brown with olive bars and base.
  • Underparts are a yellowish brown with a grey belly


Endemic to Taiwan.
Common in most of its range but threatened by hybridisation with the Chinese Hwamei.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Hwamei.
According to the reorganisation of the genus Garrulax, this species is now also placed in the genus Leucodioptron.


Shrublands, open woodland, thickets, scrub, bamboo, reeds, tall grass and gardens. Up to 1800m.



Feeds on insects, also on fruit, seeds and sometimes maize or other grain.
Forages on the ground singly, in pairs or small groups.


Breeding season from March to August. The nest is a large cup, made of leaves, grasses, stems, ferns, creepers, roots and tendrils. It's placed in grass, in a bush or a small tree from the ground up to 2m. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.


Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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