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Steere's Liocichla Liocichla steerii  
Steere's Liocichla
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :forested region, streams and gullies at ~2000m, Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, Heping District, Taiwan
Date : 18 December 2014
English synonyms:Steere's Babbler
Bird Family :Garrulacinae - Laughingthrushes, Liocichlas & Hwameis
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :An endemic Laughingthrush that tends to keep to the undergrowth but will come out to the road; not shy. Usually in small parties of 3-5 birds. Found at altitudes of 1,000-2,500 metres ASL (Avifauna of Taiwan, 2nd edition) but will come lower in winter.

A brightly coloured bird, but required good light to appreciate all the features. The striking feature is the yellow-orange patch in front of the eyes (loral streak) that gives it a “head-lamp” appearance, especially end on. Has yellow-orange streaks radiating from the face/ear-coverts as well as forehead. Tertials and secondary coverts chestnut-orange. Black with white tips at ends of tail and secondary coverts. Terminal end of underside of tail is graduated with lovely yellow-orange vent feathers with maroon centres.

- Amar

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to Taiwan.
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