2-5D Essential Endemics

  • Best value in short trip
  • All endemic except for Styan’s Bulbul (not in range)
  • Pheasant and Partridge trip
  • Any time of the year

 

 

2-5 Days

Essential Endemic Tour

Tour Information

Taiwan is a mountainous island rich in avian biodiversity. To maximize the chances of spotting all the island’s endemic bird species within a short timeframe, it’s crucial to explore its three major mountain areas: Dasyueshan, Hehuanshan, and Yushan (including Alishan). These regions allow us to drive to elevations between 2600 and 3200 meters, offering diverse habitats for birdwatching. Among all the three major sites, the Dasyueshan stands out as the most promising location for spotting a wide array of endemic species. If time constraints prevent us from visiting Yushan, Hehuanshan serves as an excellent alternative. The area is accessible by car up to an elevation of 3200 meters, providing ample opportunities to observe high-altitude avian species. Here we offer two carefully planned 2-3 day and 5-day itinerary that covers 1 to 3 of these mountain ranges, we can anticipate encountering more than 25 endemic bird species all year round in a short time.

2-Day, 1-Night & 3-Day, 2 Night Tour in Dasyueshan

Embark on a captivating 2-3 day birdwatching journey in Dasyueshan, a sanctuary for Taiwan’s endemic bird species. From the Dongshi district in Taichung, drive along the Dasyueshan Forest Road, transitioning from subtropical to alpine climates, each bend enriching your birdwatching checklist. Whether spotting the rare Mikado Pheasant or the vibrant Taiwan Yellow Tit, Dasyueshan’s avian diversity leaves every birder in awe.

5-Day, 4-Night Tour in Dasyueshan, Hehuanshan and/or Yushan

Extend your ornithological adventure with a 4-5 day exploration from Dasyueshan to Hehuanshan and Yushan. As you ascend the picturesque terrains, encounter species unique to these elevations. From the elusive Taiwan Bush Warbler in Hehuanshan to the rare Golden Parrotbill in Yushan, each day unfolds a new chapter of Taiwan’s avian narrative, ensuring a fulfilling birdwatching experience.

This itinerary is design for birders who has at least 1 day 1 night or longer.  If you only have one day, please check our 1 Day City Tour Package.

Duration

2 to 5 Days

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Group Size

1-6

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Season

Anytime

Location Highlights

Dasyueshan (, Hehuanshan & Yushan)

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Photography OK

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Basic Information

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Target

Endemics

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Elevation

Up to 2600-3275m

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Difficulty

Easy to Monderate

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Coldest in Summer

12-15 ℃

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Coldest in Winter

2-5℃

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Wet Season

Depends on Season

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Vehicle

Car or Van

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Pick-up

Taipei or Airport

Drop-off

Airport or Taichung HSR Station

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Disabled-friendly

Mostly OK

2-3 Days in Dasyueshan (click for detail)

In a 2-3 day tour with overnight stay in Dasyueshan, we can expect to see more than 20 endemic species. Even for tours lasting two weeks, 2-3 days are typically allocated to explore this rich habitat. This itinerary is for a two-day, one-night birdwatching trip in Dasyueshan, which can be extended to a three-day, two-night stay to see more birds. he key bird species to look out for in Dasyueshan include endemic pheasants such as Swinhoe’s Pheasant, Mikado Pheasant (rare), and Taiwan Partridge (rare). Additionally, there are two endemic species of laughingthrush (family Leiothrichidae) which are easy here: the Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush and the Rusty Laughingthrush, with the RCL being almost exclusively easy to spot in Dasyueshan. The elusive and rare Taiwan Thrush is also more likely to be seen here during the winter months. Also, the stunning Taiwan Yellow Tit can be observed year-round. Other commonly seen beautiful endemics like Morrison’s Fulvetta, White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Yuhina, and White-whiskered Laughingthrush are also hard to miss here. Here we offer seveal fixed itineries for you, and we listed only two here. Please check the document for the 3D2N tour staring from TPE airport and Taipei downtown.

2-Day, 1-Night Tour in Dasyueshan

This is a FIXED itinerary for seeing the breeding endemic birds in Dasyueshan in 2 days. As we have a tight schedule, there are no optional extensions available for this tour. We highly commend you to start the 2 day tour from Taichung to save time.

Day Activity Description
D1 Meet at 06:00 in Taichung* then go birding in Dasyueshan. Stay overnight there.
D2 Birding in Dasyueshan  and driving back down while birdwatching, then return to Taichung by 18:00.

*If you’re starting from Taipei or TPE airport, please note that it will take an additional 2 to 2.5 hours to drive to the Dasyueshan area. 

Pricing for 2D1N Tour

The tailor-made Tour: This option allows you to customize your bird watching experience according to your specific interests and needs.
Fixed Itinerary Tour: A pre-planned itinerary offered at a more favorable price to increase communication efficiency.
High Season: Janurary, April to August, November, December & three or more consecutive holidays in Taiwan.
Low Season: February, March, September & October.
Group SizeFixed Itinerary Tour for High/Low SeasonTailor-made Tour for High/Low SeasonVehicle Type# of Twin Rooms
11290/11901330/1250Small 4-seater1
21450/12901500/1330Small 4-seater1
3-42190/20502330/21708-seater Van2
5-62790/25503000/27008-seater Van3
7-83550/32903800/3470Minibus4
Note: all price in USD; single room supplement: 100 USD per person

 

3-Day, 2-Night Tour Starting from Taichung

This is a FIXED itinerary tour for seeing the breeding endemic birds in Dasyueshan in 3 days. We offer some free optional extensions if you would like to spend extra time to see the Taiwan Blue Magpie or Chestnut-bellied Tit. For the itineries starting from TPE airport or Taipei, please check the document.

Day Activity Description
D1 Taichung-Dasyueshan. We will go birding in the Dasyueshan area all day. It’s OPTIONAL to spend 3 hours in the morning to search for the locally common Chestnut-bellied Tit in the Baxianshan area. We will stay overnight at the Anmashan Lodge at 43K (2200m).
D2 Birding in Dasyueshan all day. We will continue our stay at the Anmashan Lodge at 43K.
D3 Dasyueshan-Taichung, TPE airport or Taipei. On the last day, we’ll enjoy birdwatching in Dasyueshan and make our way back down, birdwatching along the way in the afternoon. We aim to return to either Taichung, TPE airport or Taipei by 18:00 (please note that returning to TPE airport or Taipei will add 2-2.5 extra hours of driving).

Pricing for 3D2N Tour

The tailor-made Tour: This option allows you to customize your bird watching experience according to your specific interests and needs.
Fixed Itinerary Tour: A pre-planned itinerary offered at a more favorable price to increase communication efficiency.
High Season: Janurary, April to August, November, December & three or more consecutive holidays in Taiwan.
Low Season: February, March, September & October.
Group SizeFixed Itinerary Tour for High/Low SeasonTailor-made Tour for High/Low SeasonVehicle Type# of Twin Rooms
1-22290/20502400/2130Small 4-seater1
3-43550/33503730/34708-seater Van2
5-64590/41904800/43208-seater Van3
7-85790/53906080/5550Minibus4
Note: all price in USD; single room supplement: 200 USD per person

5 Days in Dasyueshan and Hehuanshan 

Our tour aims to showcase all endemic species, including elusive pheasants like Swinhoe’s Pheasant, the rare Mikado Pheasant, and Taiwan Partridge. If we miss the Mikado Pheasant in Dasyueshan, the Alishan area offers a second chance. Dasyueshan is also the prime location for spotting two endemic species of laughingthrush from the Leiothrichidae family, with the Rufous-crowned Laughingthrush being particularly easy to find there. In Hehuanshan, the Taiwan Rosefinch, Flamecrest and Taiwan Bush Warbler (April to August,) are more readily observed here. Also, in the Hehuan pass area it’s the exclusive habitat for the Alpine Accentor (endemic subspecies). Lastly, the Yushan area is home to some endemics that are rare elsewhere, like the Taiwan Shortwing, Taiwan Bush Robin and Golden Parrotbill (endemic subspecies), although spotting them may require trekking along steep cement paths.

Here we offer the FIXED itinerary tour focusing on observing breeding endemic birds in the Dasyueshan and Hehuanshan area.The itinerary is designed to be relaxed, making it ideal for enthusiast birders, photographers or birdwatchers new to East Asia. If you want to visit Yushan at the same time, please consider the tailor-made tour. That would be more intensive than the previous one and is best suited for small groups of experienced birders.

5-Day, 4-Night Tour : Dasyueshan & Hehuanshan 

This is a FIXED itinerary tour focusing on observing breeding endemic birds in TWO alpine regions: Dasyueshan and Hehuanshan. This tour is designed to be relaxed, as we will spend two days in Dasyueshan, making it ideal for enthusiast birders, photographers or birdwatchers new to East Asia. We strongly recommend avoiding weekends for this tour; starting on Sunday or Monday would be optimal. Please check the document.

Day Activity Description
D1 Taipei-Wulai or Yangmingshan NP-Taichung. In the morning, we will spend the whole morning visiting Yangmingshan National Park or Wulai area to search for Taiwan Blue Magpie. In the afternoon, we’ll head south to Taichung. If time permits, we can enjoy some birdwatching in the lower elevations of Dasyueshan Forest Road in the afternoon. Overnight stay will be in Fengyuan, Taichung.
D2 Birding in Dasyueshan all day. We will stay overnight at the Anmashan Lodge at 43K (2200m).
D3 Dasyueshan-Baxianshan-Cingjing Farm. We will spend our last morning in Dasyueshan then drive to the nearby downtown to have lunch. Then we will visit Baxianshan to look for the Chestnut-bellied Tit. Then we will drive to the Cingjing Farm area to rest in the late afternoon (1900m).
D4 Hehuanshan-Alishan. We’ll drive up to Hehuanshan pass area (3275m) to see the alpine birds we miss in Dasyueshan in the morning. After lunch, we will drive to the Alishan area to rest (2200m).
D5 Yushan NP-Chiayi, TPE airport or Taipei. On the last day, we will drive up to Yushan NP area (2800m) to find the alpine birds there. After lunch we will make our way back down to either Chiayi, TPE airport or Taipei by 18:00.

 

Pricing for 5D4N Tour

The tailor-made Tour: This option allows you to customize your bird watching experience according to your specific interests and needs.
Fixed Itinerary Tour: A pre-planned itinerary offered at a more favorable price to increase communication efficiency.
High Season: Janurary, April to August, November, December & three or more consecutive holidays in Taiwan.
Low Season: February, March, September & October.
Group SizeFixed Itinerary Tour for High/Low SeasonTailor-made Tour for High/Low SeasonVehicle Type# of Twin Rooms
1-23950/35504200/3730Small 4-seater1
3-46250/58906530/60708-seater Van2
5-67890/71508400/75608-seater Van3
7-89990/919010640/9710Minibus4
Note: all price in USD; single room supplement: 400 USD per person