The secrets of Mother Nature can be observed through the multifaceted behavior of wild birds during the four seasons. The fascinating aspects of wild bird behavior can be seen through their bustling mating noises in the spring, labors of breeding in the summer, migration in the fall, and resting in the winter. Along with unique behaviors, their kaleidoscopic plumages are also one of the main reasons why wild birds are so captivating.
There are more than 228 unique species of wild birds residing in Tainan City. To protect these precious birds, Tainan has established several wildlife refuges in the area. Notable refuges include Sihcao Wildlife Refuge, one of Taiwan's most important wetland refuges, Taiwan's only Black-winged Stilt Breeding Reserve and the Black-faced Spoonbill Reserve.
Bird watching is the key to opening the doors of nature. Let's go outside and start visiting our feathered friends!
[ Species Attributes ]
Resident Species: Prevalent all year and breeding species.
Winter Migratory Species: Mainly appears during winter (October to April).
Summer Migratory Species: Mainly appears during summer (April to October), and breeding.
Transitory Species: Appears briefly in spring and fall.
Exotic Species: Species that have been imported for recreational purposes, but have escaped or been released into the wild.
[ Conservation Status ]
(Species categorized in accordance with Wildlife Conservation Act)
Category I: Endangered species
Category II: Rare and valuable species
Category III: Requiring conservation measures
[ Bird Watching Rules ]
- Refrain from watching birds in captivity and enjoy watching birds in their natural habitats.
- The ultimate goal for bird watching is to protect the birds and their natural habitats. No harm to the birds themselves and their habitats should be carried out.
- No capturing, feeding and egg collecting of wild birds or abandoning pet birds.
- Remain at a distance from birds during observation. No chasing them.
- Remain at a distance or stay away from hatchlings. No luring birds with sound or other inappropriate methods.
- Report to the police at once when illegal capturing of birds is discovered.
- Please send injured wild birds to any of the following intensive care units.
Wild Bird Emergency Services: 06-3901494 (Tainan City Government)
Wild Bird Society of Tainan: 06-2138310
Loving Kindness Animal Hospital: 06-2231836 (24 hours)
- No involvement in releasing of birds.
- Participate in educating the public about ecological conservation. Support the preservation of wild bird habitats and become a volunteer in protecting wild birds.
- Avoid all physical contact with birds and bird feces when possible. Wash hands and skin thoroughly if you have been in physical contact with birds or their feces.
[ Bird Watching Equipment ]
Hat (for warmth and sun protection), shirt and pants (in soft colors, comfortable, warm, reduce sun exposure), binoculars (7 to 10 times magnification), telescope (20 to 60 times magnification), tripod, notebook (to record bird behavior and ideas, wild bird guide (pocket size), bird watching vest (with several pockets for notebook and guide), small backpack (for clothing, water, snacks and personal medication).