Steere's Liocichla 黃痣藪眉
This handsome and photogenic fellow has a much more apt and pronounceable name in Chinese: Yellow-freckled Frowner. The subtlety of this birds coloration is magnificent, and the markings around the face and head appear as if laid down with a thin tipped brush.
The Liocichla (pronounced lee-o-SICK-la), has the unusual distinction of being one of only 300 birds in the world whose repertoire includes a regular duet with its mate: the male belts out its two part whistle, and even before his song is complete, the female responds with a raspy, buzzing chatter. Like other birds in the Timaliidae family, the Steere's Liocichla is highly communicative, and, to date, nine distinct vocalizations have been identified. The purpose of each has been researched extensively by ornithologists at Taiwan University's Experimental Highland Farm in the mountains of Nantou County.