Some of the common wildlife in Taiwan

For the most part of my morning yesterday, I spent time watching out for wildlife in my grandmother's backyard. Not too much, but I came across a jumping spider and a buttefly belonging to the Lycaenidae. I think it may be a Jamides alecto dromicus, but I am not totally sure.

A very common bird in the backyward is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus), seen in the top picture below. The sparrow, together with the Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) - middle picture, and the Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) - bottom picture, are known as the "Big Three" in Taiwan due to their abundance all over the island.

My grandaunt keeps a pair of Common Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) as pets, which are quite popular in Taiwan because of the bird's intelligence and its ability to learn and micmic sounds.

In the afternoon, I biked around the village looking for more wildlife. Sadly, it was around time of schools finishing - causing traffic nightmares as I try to maneuver around cars and motorcycles. Nevertheless, in the empty elementary school, I saw a Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) - left, and a White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis) - right.

I also saw a young Chinese Bulbul which I almost couldn't recognize due to its lack of the white patch on the head.

Overall, it was a great birding day since this was the first time that I paid attention to birds when coming back to Taiwan. All lifers for me!

Not common nor a wild animal, but this is my family pet, Xiao Hey (literally means Little Black in Chinese). Such a sneaky but wonderful dog!


barefootheart said...

Everything looks exotic!
The butterfly looks like some of our North American Hairstreaks.
Cool to see Eurasian Tree Sparrows in their native territory. Years ago, I worked on a paper about the birds that were introduced to St. Louis. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/560/articles/introduction

PSYL said...

Thanks, barefootheart! That's a good reading paper.

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