RE: birding-aus Observations in Taiwan

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Subject: RE: birding-aus Observations in Taiwan
From: Paul van Gasse <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 1999 23:43:40 +0200
Yes, it should be the Java Sparrow. It is a popular cagebird in southern China 
(and I suppose in Taiwan too), and often recorded free-flying, occasioanlly 
even in flocks. Though Taiwan is not mentioned in its feral range, I can think 
of no other bird that would fit the bill.

Paul Van Gasse
Kruibeke, Belgium

-----Original Message-----
From:   David Rosalky [SMTP:
Sent:   Sunday, June 20, 1999 1:38 PM
Subject:        birding-aus Observations in Taiwan

I spent last week in Taipei and performed casual bird observing whilst
there.  I travelled with a photographic guide to birds in China:  totally

The birding was sparse, dominated by Eurasian tree sparrows, Spangled
drongos and Light-vented bulbuls.  Many egrets and herons around the rivers.
The most interesting observation for me was the Black-crowned night-heron in
breeding plumage - most beautiful.

However, I also saw some unidentified birds.  the one for which I would
appreciate some help was a finch-type bird which was basically blue-grey
with a yellow-orange bill but with a distinct oval-shaped white patch on the
side of its neck outlined in black.  I got only one quick glimpse of this
lovely bird as it moved from grass to a low bush and then off.

The closest bird I have found in the various books I have, from the broad
features I described, is a Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora).  But I don't know
about this bird's geographic distribution, and anyhow, the features were not
quite right.

Any ideas from those of you familiar with Asian species?
David Rosalky                            
Canberra, Australia                   61-2-62731927

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