Birding Hotspot


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Area
Hotspot

Yunlin
 
 Hukou WetlandChenglong WetlandHuben VillageCaoling   

Chiayi
 
 Aogu WetlandBudai Salt Pan WetlandAlishan National Scenic AreaAlishan Forest Recreation Area(Zhaoping Park)Guanghus(Dingbenzi)Tefuye,Dabang VillageLijia   

Tainan
 
 Beimen WetlandCigu WetlandSihcao WetlandXinhua TimberlandGuanzilingFuyou Temple(Xiangong Temple)Zengwen Reservoir Scenic spot   

Birding in Taiwan
Biodiversity is high in Taiwan. Taiwan is an island located between the edge between the west coast of the Pacific Ocean and the continent of Eurasia. The area is small, only about 36,000 square km, with a shape elongated in north-south direction and unique geomorphology. The coastline is about 1000 km with sandy and muddy shores on the west and rocky shore on of east. On the Tropic of Cancer, the warm and wet climate supports great richness in plant and animal species. In addition, The Central Mountain Range resides in the middle of the island with more than 200 peaks that are higher than 3000 meters (10,000 feet). This great variation of topography and elevation provide various climate zones along with latitude and altitude, such as tropical, subtropical, temperate, and boreal, and alpine climate zones and associated animals and plants. It is the geography that makes Taiwan a high biodiversity country.
The west coast of Taiwan is composed of sand bars, lagoons, salt mash, aqua-cultural ponds, wind-forest, and mangroves; provides various ecosystems and attracts numerous wild bird species in thousands. The wetlands of the Yunlin- Chiayi -Tainan seashore, which is located at the most west part of the west coast of Taiwan, are important step stones of the bird migration route between Asia and Australia.
The wetlands from north to south are Hukou, Aogu, Putzih Estuary, Haomeiliao, Beimen, Qigu (Cigu), and Sihcao. All are paradises for birds and birders. The most well-known bird is the Black-faced Spoonbill of Qigu. It not only attracts many birdwatchers from all over the country and even from all over the world. Recently, the distribution of the Black-faced Spoonbill has extended further north and, therefore, produced additional excellent birding areas.