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Taiwan Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mark Bruce
Alishan, Taiwan, May 2005

Alternative name: Formosan Yuhina

Yuhina brunneiceps


A medium-sized Yuhina (13cm).

  • Crest: chestnut, black and white
  • Black moustachial
  • White throat
  • Underparts greyish
  • Olive wings
  • Black bill
  • Yellowish feet

Sexes similar, juveniles apparently too.


Endemic to the mountains of Taiwan.
A restricted range species, but very common in most of its range.


This is a monotypic species[2].


Temperate forest between 1000-2800m.



Feeds on nectar of cherry blossoms and other flowers. Probably also takes small invertebrates and maybe fruit.
Usually seen in small flocks of 3 to 7 (mostly 4) birds. Very mobile, also crosses large open areas.


Breeding season from April to June. Breeds up to three times a year. Communal nester, 3 or 4 pairs lay their eggs in the same nest and incubate eggs in turn. The nest is a small deep cup, made of roots, fern, moss and cobweb, placed among thick branches. One pair lays 3 to 4 eggs.


Resident species, some altitudinal movement occurs.1


  1. del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, D.A. eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-96553-42-6
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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