1 weeks has passed since I visited Taiwan. Today I will write about White‐eared Sibia. This species has elegant eye-stripe with decorative feather and endemic species in Taiwan. Sibia, Fulvetta, Babbler, Wren-babbler and Illadopsis are integrated into one name "Chime-dori" in Japanese name. I think it is really inconvenience to use the names when we speak. Anyway, White‐eared Sibia is one of the largest species in forest of Taiwan. It is approximately same size with Common Starling ; 23cm. The behavior is similar to Brown-eared Bulbul that is one of the commonest bird in Japan.
ミミジロチメドリ (Heterophasia auricularis) White‐eared Sibia 160229 C Taiwan
Beautiful flowers of cherry blossom. Many White‐eared Sibias and Taiwan Yuhinas visited trees of cherry blossom. The face was painted by pollen is so cute! Unfortunately, many avian species inhabiting in Taiwan have not researched enough yet. This species is also not yet described enough. It is known that the breeding season is April to May but maybe mating have already started in May or February. However I couldn't judge the pairs because number of individuals in the flocks were always large. They select the habitat strictly, inhibited in Evergreen forests and always used canopy.
ミミジロチメドリ (Heterophasia auricularis) White‐eared Sibia 160302 C Taiwan
Foraging berries of maybe Oleaceae. I don't know the genus or species of this berry, so if you know, please write a comment. This time, I couldn't see the case they foraged invertebrates. What is interesting is the pecking behaviors. They really strain their necks when they peck that berries. I always watch bulbuls in Japan, so the difference of pecking behavior is obvious I think. I hypothesized that berries and stalks fusion strongly in Taiwan, but I don't have any way to confirm it now. I didn't see the age strictly and I can't find any reference about aging. I assume they complete post juvenile molt. Next month, I will be promoted and will become senior in collage.