April 14, 2017 - Styan’s Bulbul or Taiwan Bulbul (Pycnonotus taivanus)
These bulbuls are found along much of the eastern coast of Taiwan. They eat fruits and flowers, along with some insects, spending most of their time alone or in pairs during the breeding season and forming large flocks during the rest of the year. Females build cup-shaped nests from stems, leaves, and grasses and pairs often raise two broods a year. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to hybridization with the closely related Chinese Bulbul, along with habitat loss.
January 6, 2016 - Taiwan Blue Magpie, Taiwan Magpie, or Formosan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea)
This member of the crow family is found in the mountains of Taiwan. Their diets include reptiles, including snakes, as well as small mammals, insects, plants, fruit, and seeds. Living in groups of six or more, they follow one another closely in flight, forming a line in the air. Monogamous cooperative breeders, the females incubate the eggs and the males assist with nest building and feeding the chicks. Older chicks often assist the parents. They strongly defend their nesting area and attack intruders relentlessly until they retreat.