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Formosan Firecrest (Flamecrest)
Formosan Firecrest
By Syu, Wei Bin
Regulus goodfellowi
Length: 9 cm

A small and lovely bird endemic to Taiwan. The male has a bright orange-red crown, hence the name “Firecrest”. However, this beautiful corona is often covered by the black feathers on both sides. It is often found in mountain areas at middle to upper elevations. The highest record is at about 3,700m. In winter, the bird moves to lower mountain areas 1900m above sea level. It inhabits in coniferous forests or mixed coniferous/ broad-leaf forests, especially in Tsuga forest and Abies forest in mountain areas at upper elevation. It is often active around crowns of arbor trees searching for food. This active bird often stays in flocks with other small birds like Coal Tit and Europena Nuthatch, look for insects or larvae for food. In winter, they eat seeds of pine, Chinese fir and juniper for food.

References:
http://taiwanbird.fhk.gov.tw/english/org/03dbase/date_a50/date_a50_word.htm http://www.birdingintaiwan.com/birdsintwn.htm
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