Sichuan China May 2014

 

In late 2013, I was asked if it were possible to organise a trip to go birding and see wild Giant Panda in Sichuan, China so I contacted a great birding friend Lim Kim Seng of Singapore who advised me that the latter was not possible but that he was organizing a bird-tour in May 2014 and asked if I would like to be included.


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In the past I had not expected to ever be able to visit China but with the easy current political situation I jumped at the chance and booked myself on for an 11-day tour, primarily to search for rare Pheasants, Monals and Tragopans.

Our Family

The group comprised of 6 Singaporeans, a Briton and myself, and we all travelled together from Singapore to Chengdu on Silkair. We were met at Chengdu by our guide Jay and driver Li Bo. This city is huge and currently suffers enormous pollution problems but we all arrived in our first hotel and were greeted with excellent Sichuan cuisine, though the ‘turbo-charged’ peppercorns were an experience that few of the group wished to repeat!

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Sichuan Fare and Alfred

Our first morning began with a 3.5 hour bus-ride in the rain to Longcanggou west of Chengdu, on the way we stopped to re-fuel at a service-station (I’ve linked many of the sites from this trip to uploaded Ebird-lists) and found our only Ashy-throated Parrotbill, Brown-breasted Bulbuls for the trip. Arrival at the Hulin Hostel which had only recently been opened but seemed OK (despite being a bit ‘new’)

Red-rumped Swallows were already nesting in the eaves, Russet Sparrow sang on the wires and Japanese Tits were very obvious. We started our first walk along a muddy-trail in the rain near the new park HQ which was still being built and were amazed to see an enormous artificial tree-stump,,,,under construction!

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Along the trail we came across some mixed bird-flocks containing Brown Bullfinch, Hair-crested Drongo, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Japanese White-eye, Green-backed and the endemic Yellow-bellied Tit, plus many different phylloscopus ‘leaf-warblers’ (…by the end of the trip we saw nearly 20 species of this genus)

 

Descending with trepidation on some steep slippery stairs (through some very damp unspoilt broad-leaved woodland) we came upon a pair of Brown-breasted Flycatchers feeding in typical ‘muscicapa‘ fashion.

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Brown-breasted Flycatcher

 

Birding Longcanggou
Birding Longcanggou

Further along the creek I got slightly separated from the group but noticed a brown woodpecker on a dead tree, thinking it was a Rufous, I wasn’t too concerned but imagine my surprise when Jay pronounced it as a Bay Woodpecker which apparently can be a rather difficult species in the area (…and a ‘lifer’ for me, yay!)

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Bay Woodpecker
Longcanggou Scenery
Longcanggou Scenery

I was hoping to see many Forktails on this trip but here we saw only one, a White-crowned but we also recorded a nesting pair of Plumbeous Redstart, a Brown Dipper and Blue Whistling-thrush. One interesting sight was a Red-billed Blue Magpie feeding on a frog on the rivers-edge.

Red-billed Blue Magpie
Red-billed Blue Magpie

Later we took walked some trails in the vicinity of the hotel and increased the species count with Black Baza, Oriental Greenfinch, Blyth’s Pipit, White Wagtails, Brown Shrike and heard Large Hawk-Cuckoo. Near the main-road a Mountain Hawk-eagle flew from a telegraph pole.

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Mountain Hawk-eagle

We attempted to find Chinese Bamboo Partridge but as with my previous experiences of these birds only managed to get brief glimpses. There seemed to be many LBJ’s and from the frequency of the calls the Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler seemed to be the most abundant, the volume of their calls making up for their drab-plumage.

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Returning to the hotel we saw the first pheasant of the trip, a Common or Ring-necked with it’s mate (though we heard a Lady Amherst’s calling from woodland earlier in the day) it was a bit special as I’ve seen many in the past in the UK…..but is this where it really counts?

Ring-necked Pheasant
Ring-necked Pheasant

We spent the next 2 days walking the higher Longcannggou trails and saw some excellent ‘show-stoppers’ including Great, Three-toed and Grey-hooded Parrotbills, Emei Liocichla, Red-tailed Minla, Darjeeling Woodpecker, White-bellied Redstart, Lesser Cuckoo and Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, although probably the most unexpected were a small flock of Streaked Barwing. In one high-altitude marsh we found Spotted Bush-warbler, Pere David’s Tit, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-streaked Warbler and Vinaceous Rosefinch.

As someone whose favourite bird family is the Cuculidae, I mentioned to Jay, our guide that I would really like to see a Large Hawk-Cuckoo as I had no luck the previous year in northern Thailand, after two days and many views I was at ‘saturation-point’ and realised why some had been given the ‘moniker’ of ‘brain-fever’ birds…

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Large Hawk-Cuckoo

 

Three-toed Parrotbill
Three-toed Parrotbill

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Dark-sided Flycatcher
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Spotted Bush-warbler
Spotted Bush-warbler

 

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From a wet Longcannggou we drove north to the town of Rilong, passing over the famous Balangshan Pass which we would explore over the next three days. The area is close to Wolong which was devastated by earthquakes in 2008, and some areas are still inaccessible.

Arriving at dawn we tried in vain to find Wood Snipe displaying, and then we drove around the Balangshan Pass we were told to ‘scour’ the hillsides and it wasn’t too long before a lone Chinese Monal was spotted near a black Yak. For a long period the bird was only visible through spotting-scopes but later two birds flew over us much closer.

A White-capped Redstart showed well for us near the Huayanzi tunnel-entrance and imagine our surprise when Kim Seng spotted a Wallcreeper almost at arms-length.

White-capped Redstart
White-capped Redstart

 

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Wallcreeper
Wallcreeper
Wallcreeper

 

Not too far away we were fortunate to get excellent views of a bird formerly-known as Verreaux’s Monal Partridge but now called the much-plainer Chestnut-throated Partridge. It looked like it missed it’s old glory.

Chestnut-throated Partridge
Chestnut-throated Partridge

 

South of Balangshan is the northern part of Wolong National Park, a beautifully-forested area which reminded me of the broad-leaved woodland in Devon, England where my father and brother live. Apparently this is part of the area where Giant and Red Panda could be seen until the recent earthquake disaster (which claimed many lives) but is now closed to tourism.

 

Unfortunately there also wasn’t much avian-action here but just as we were leaving one of the family spotted an amazing mammal that I had never even heard of before….a Hog-nosed Badger, unlike it’s cousin in the UK it seemed perfectly happy to forage around in the middle of the day but obviously relied on it’s sense of smell as it seemed blissfully unaware of us until it wandered a bit too close and detected our presence.

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One particularly gloomy day we headed for the Lama Temple, a stake-out for various ‘specialities’ but the weather was so cold and wet that we doubted that it was going to be very fruitful…..how wrong could we be!

Lama Temple
Lama Temple

 

Amongst the many super ‘finds’, the top was probably a singing Firethroat whose call Jay had picked up and I saw the brilliant red breast shining through the fog!

 

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We weren’t finished there though and had Slaty Bunting, Barred and Elliot’s Laughingthrush, Chinese Babax, Collared Parrotbill, Grey Bushchat, Vineous and Scarlet Rosefinch, Chestnut Thrush many leaf-warblers and the ‘icing-on-the-cake’ a magnificent male Golden Pheasant (despite it being a bit distant….see if you can see it in the pic!)

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[Ebird lists for all 3 days in the Balangshan area 26, 27 and 28th May.]

From Rilong we headed towards Maerkeng, an unexpectedly large town marked as Aba on maps.

We arrived at Maerkeng and our hotel was in the early-stages of organizing a large-wedding, the locals were very friendly but we were surprised when we offered gifts including cigarettes, at the reception-door! From here we spent the next 3 days exploring the Mengbishan area.

Between Rilong and Mengbishan the area became more ‘ethnic’ in character and we explored a beautiful pastoral district on foot noting many raptors and migrating Common Cuckoos, and around Langjiawan we had great views of Blue Rock Thrush, Great-spotted Woodpecker and Giant Laughing-thrush, Crag Martins hawked the skies and one of the most special was furry, a small mammal, called a Plateau Pika. There were also large mammals of the domestic variety, Yak were evident in most of the fields.

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The mountain-pass at Mengbishan is 4114m and there were still snow-drifts and the visibility was very poor. However we managed to see Blood Pheasant fairly close to the summit near a farm.

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In clouds and rain we descended down from the pass through pine-forest but still managed to see some impressive species including the very scarce Sichuan Jay

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Other great birds seen were Collared Grosbeak, Kessler’s Thrush, Chinese White-browed and Scarlet Rosefinch, White Eared-Pheasant, Grey-crested Tit

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The penultimate part of the trip was to travel up to the northern plateau area to the town of Ruoergai. We stopped at a large bridge near Suomo and birded the valley for a couple of hours. Near the large bridge we found a pair of Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, a White-breasted Waterhen and a couple of Ruddy Shelduck.

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In this area the avian biodiversity is under much less pressure as the ethnic people apparently do not hunt wildlife, this became evident as the valleys opened up and we started seeing birds in open-country Hair-crested Drongos, Daurian Jackdaw, Azure-winged Magpie, Horned Lark, Black Redstarts and the most sought-after, 16 Black-necked Crane. The scenery here was fantastic, huge ox-bow rivers in full-flow, large mountains and huge skies, I was very impressed, and even more so when someone spotted a single Amur Falcon hawking.

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Another ‘speciality’ species (that I failed to photograph) is the Hume’s Groundpecker (or Ground Tit) this is a peculiar bird that nests in burrows.

This was sadly, a very ‘fleeting’ visit to the area and after a single night on a wet evening at a hotel in Rouergai we drove south to the area known as Baxi where we chased several Laughingthrush species, Elliots, Pere David’s and an endemic, the Snowy-cheeked or Sukatschev’s. Along the roadside we had great views of Hodgson’s Redstart, Grey-headed Bullfinch and Godlewski’s Bunting and I was fortunate to see a small flock of Long-tailed Rosefinch which I didn’t manage to photograph as they were very shy.

On a hillside we saw Blue Eared Pheasants and had brief glimpses of Yellow-rumped Flycatchers

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From Baxi we headed back towards the highway and stopped at an interesting grassland area with bare-hills in search of White-browed Tit-Warbler, after some extensive searching we found a female but the highlight was probably birds-of-prey and we saw Golden Eagle displaying, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier and a large number of Oriental Honey-buzzard migrating north.

We spent our last evening in China in a large hotel in a ‘touristy’ town called Chuanzhusi, and were woken at the ‘despicable’ hour of 3 am to go searching for a local ‘speciality’ the Sichuan Wood Owl. After spending a hour walking the surprisingly busy forestry road in near-freezing temperature with no response, we returned to the vehicle only to hear the distinct “Woo-Hoo” call as the bird announced to the world that it was going to bed! So ended an excellent 11-day introduction to one of the world’s most exciting birding destinations.

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List of Species Seen

Classification based on IOC World Bird Names 2014

Locations very generalized, but more accurate coordinates can be found on the Ebird lists by following the available links

Chengdu C, QinglongXiang Q, Longcanggou L, Rilong R, Balangshan B, Lama Temple Lt, Mengbishan M, Langjiawan Lj, Maerkeng Ma, Suomo S, Rouergai Ro, Baxi Bx, Gonggangling G

 

Any marked with an Asterisk * were ‘lifers’ for me

Any marked with an ‘h’ were heard-only

Any ‘greyed-out’ were seen by others but not myself

 

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

  • 1 Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus Ro
  • 2 Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea Ro S
  • 3 Gadwall Anas strepera Ro
  • 4 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Ro
  • 5 Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca Ro
  • 6 Common Merganser Mergus merganser S

GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

  • 7 * Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge Tetraophasis obscurus B
  • 8 * Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus B
  • 9 Chinese Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola thoracicus L
  • 10 * Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus M
  • 11 Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha h M
  • 12 * Chinese Monal Lophophorus lhuysii B
  • 13 * White Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon crossoptilon B Lt
  • 14 * Blue Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon auritum Bx
  • 15 Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus L Ro Bx
  • 16 * Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus Lt
  • 17 Lady Amherst’s Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae h L

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

  • 18 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Ro

CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

  • 19 Black Stork Ciconia nigra Ro

PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

  • 20 Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus Ma Ro
  • 21 Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus Ma Ro
  • 22 Little Egret Egretta garzetta R

ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

  • 23 * Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus B Ro Bx
  • 24 Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus B Bx
  • 25 Black Baza Aviceda leuphotes L
  • 26 Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis B M Ro Bx
  • 27 Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis L
  • 28 Black Eagle Actinaetus malaiensis L
  • 29 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos B M Ro Bx
  • 30 * Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis B
  • 31 Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus L
  • 32 Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis B
  • 33 Black Kite Milvus migrans Ma Lj Ro B
  • 34 * Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus L
  • 35 * Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius M Ro Bx
  • 36 * Himalayan Buzzard Buteo burmanicus B M

GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

  • 37 White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus S

GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

  • 38 * Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis Ro

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

  • 39 Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus Ro
  • 40 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius Ro

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

  • 41 Common Redshank Tringa totanus Ro
  • 42 Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Ro
  • 43 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos S

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

  • 44 Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus Ro
  • 45 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus Ro

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

  • 46 Rock Dove Columba livia C
  • 47 * Hill Pigeon Columba rupestris Lj
  • 48 * Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota B
  • 49 Speckled Wood Pigeon Columba hodgsonii Lt
  • 50 Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis L Lt S Ro Bx
  • 51 Red Turtle Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica L B

CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

  • 52 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus Bx
  • 53 Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus Q L R
  • 54 * Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides Q L B Lt
  • 55 * Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus L Lt
  • 56 Himalayan Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus L
  • 57 Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus L Lj Ro Bx

STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

  • 58 Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia h
  • 59 Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides L
  • 60 Little Owl Athene noctua Ro

APODIFORMES: Apodidae

  • 61 Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris L
  • 62 White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus B
  • 63 Pacific Swift Apus pacificus L
  • 64 * Salim Ali’s Swift Apus salimalii Ro
  • 65 House Swift Apus nipalensis L

CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

  • 66 Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata S Bx

BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

  • 67 Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops L

PICIFORMES: Picidae

  • 68 * Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus S
  • 69 Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis L
  • 70 White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos L
  • 71 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major L Lj
  • 72 Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius h M
  • 73 * Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis L

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

  • 74 Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Ro
  • 75 Amur Falcon Falco amurensis Ro
  • 76 * Saker Falcon Falco cherrug Ro

PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

  • 77 Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris B
  • 78 * Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus L M Bx

PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

  • 79 Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus L B
  • 80 Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach Ro
  • 81 Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus L B M Ro
  • 82 * Chinese Grey Shrike Lanius sphenocercus Ro

PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

  • 83 Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus L B Lj Ro
  • 84 Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus L Lt Ro

PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

  • 85 * Sichuan Jay Perisoreus internigrans M
  • 86 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius L
  • 87 * Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus Ro
  • 88 Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythroryncha L Lt
  • 89 Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes Lt M
  • 90 Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax S
  • 91 * Daurian Jackdaw Coloeus dauuricus Ro
  • 92 Carrion Crow Corvus corone Bx
  • 93 Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos B M Lj S Ro Bx
  • 94 Northern Raven Corvus corax B Bx

PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

  • 95 Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis L

PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

  • 96 * Fire-capped Tit Cephalopyrus flammiceps L
  • 97 * Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus L
  • 98 * Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris M
  • 99 Coal Tit Periparus ater L
  • 100 * Yellow-bellied Tit Pardaliparus venustulus L B Lt
  • 101 * Grey Crested Tit Lophophanes dichrous M
  • 102 * White-browed Tit Poecile superciliosus Ro
  • 103 * Pere David’s Tit Poecile davidi L
  • 104 * Sichuan Tit Poecile weigoldicus B
  • 105 * Ground Tit Pseudopodoces humilis Ro
  • 106 * Japanese Tit Parus minor L Lt Bx
  • 107 Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus L Lt

PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

  • 108 Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula Ro
  • 109 Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris Ro

PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

  • 110 * Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques Lt
  • 111 * Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous Q
  • 112 Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis L
  • 113 Mountain Bulbul Ixos mcclellandii L
  • 114 Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus L

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

  • 115 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Ro
  • 116 Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris Lj Bx
  • 117 Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus B S Bx
  • 118 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica L

PASSERIFORMES: Pnoepygidae

  • 119 Pygmy Wren-babbler Pnoepyga pusilla h L

PASSERIFORMES: Cettiidae

  • 120 Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis L
  • 121 * Brown-flanked Bush Warbler Horornis fortipes L
  • 122 * Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler Horornis acanthizoides L
  • 123 * Aberrant Bush Warbler Horornis flavolivaceus L

PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

  • 124 * White-browed Tit-warbler Leptopoecile sophiae B Bx
  • 125 * Crested Tit-warbler Leptopoecile elegans M

PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

  • 126 * Alpine Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus occisinensis B Lt Bx
  • 127 * Buff-throated Warbler Phylloscopus subaffinis M
  • 128 * Yellow-streaked Warbler Phylloscopus armandii L B
  • 129 Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher R B
  • 130 Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis L
  • 131 * Chinese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus yunnanensis L B
  • 132 Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei M Ro Bx
  • 133 Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides L B
  • 134 Large-billed Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris L B Lj Lt Ro Bx
  • 135 Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus L
  • 136 Claudia’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus claudiae L
  • 137 * Emei Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus emeiensis L
  • 138 * Sichuan Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus forresti L B Lt
  • 139 Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus Lt
  • 140 Grey-crowned Warbler Seicercus tephrocephalus L B Lj
  • 141 * Bianchi’s Warbler Seicercus valentini B
  • 142 Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps L

PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

  • 143 * Spotted Bush Warbler Locustella thoracica L
  • 144 * Brown Bush Warbler Locustella luteoventris L

PASSERIFORMES: Timaliidae

  • 145 * Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis L
  • 146 Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyridopsis ruficeps h L

PASSERIFORMES: Pellorneidae

  • 147 * David’s Fulvetta Alcippe davidi L

PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

  • 148 * Chinese Babax Babax lanceolatus Lt Lj
  • 149 * Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush Garrulax sukatschewi Bx
  • 150 * Barred Laughingthrush Garrulax lunulatus Lt
  • 151 * Giant Laughingthrush Garrulax maximus Lj S Ro B
  • 152 * Plain Laughingthrush Garrulax davidi Bx
  • 153 * White-browed Laughingthrush Garrulax sannio C L
  • 154 * Elliot’s Laughingthrush Trochalopteron elliotii Lt Lj S Ro Bx
  • 155 * Black-faced Laughingthrush Trochalopteron affine L
  • 156 Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera L
  • 157 * Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta L
  • 158 * Emei Shan Liocichla Liocichla omeiensis L
  • 159 * Streaked Barwing Actinodura souliei L
  • 160 Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea L

PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

  • 161 * Golden-breasted Fulvetta Lioparus chrysotis L
  • 162 * White-browed Fulvetta Fulvetta vinipectus M
  • 163 * Chinese Fulvetta Fulvetta striaticollis M
  • 164 * Grey-hooded Fulvetta Fulvetta cinereiceps L
  • 165 * Great Parrotbill Conostoma aemodium L
  • 166 * Three-toed Parrotbill Cholornis paradoxa L
  • 167 * Ashy-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora alphonsiana Q
  • 168 * Grey-hooded Parrotbill Sinosuthora zappeyi L
  • 169 * Golden Parrotbill Suthora verreauxi L

PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

  • 170 Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis L
  • 171 * White-collared Yuhina Yuhina diademata L Lt
  • 172 Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta L
  • 173 Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus L

PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

  • 174 Goldcrest Regulus regulus L M

PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

  • 175 Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes M

PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

  • 176 * Chestnut-vented Nuthatch Sitta nagaensis L

PASSERIFORMES: Tichodromidae

  • 177 Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria B

PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

  • 178 * Hodgson’s Treecreeper Certhia hodgsoni L M

PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

  • 179 White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus C

PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

  • 180 Plain-backed Thrush Zoothera mollissima B
  • 181 * Chestnut Thrush Turdus rubrocanus Lt M S Ro Bx
  • 182 * Kessler’s Thrush Turdus kessleri B M Ro Bx
  • 183 Chinese Thrush Turdus mupinensis h Lj

PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

  • 184 * Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica L Lt
  • 185 * Brown-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa muttui L
  • 186 * Blue-throated (Chinese) Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides L
  • 187 Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus L
  • 188 Indian Blue Robin Larvivora brunnea h Lt
  • 189 * White-bellied Redstart Luscinia phoenicuroides L
  • 190 * Firethroat Calliope pectardens Lt
  • 191 Golden Bush Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus Lj
  • 192 White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti L
  • 193 Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus L Lj
  • 194 Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia Bx
  • 195 Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsonii Lt M S Bx
  • 196 Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata L B
  • 197 Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor h Ro
  • 198 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros Ro
  • 199 Hodgson’s Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni Lj Bx
  • 200 White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps R Lt M
  • 201 Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus Lt M
  • 202 Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis B M
  • 203 Plumbeous Water Redstart Phoenicurus fuliginosus L Lj Bx
  • 204 White-capped Redstart Phoenicurus leucocephalus B M S Ro Bx
  • 205 Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius Lj
  • 206 Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus Ro
  • 207 Grey Bush Chat Saxicola ferreus L Lt

PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

  • 208 Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii L

PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

  • 209 * Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae L B Lt Lj

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

  • 210 House Sparrow Passer domesticus L Ro
  • 211 * Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans L
  • 212 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Ro Bx
  • 213 * White-rumped Snowfinch Onychostruthus taczanowskii Ro
  • 214 * Rufous-necked Snowfinch Pyrgilauda ruficollis Ro

PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

  • 215 Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris B
  • 216 Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata B M
  • 217 Maroon-backed Accentor Prunella immaculata M

PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

  • 218 Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus L
  • 219 Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola Ro
  • 220 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea L B Lt
  • 221 White Wagtail Motacilla alba L S Ro Bx
  • 222 Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii L
  • 223 Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni Lj
  • 224 Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus B

PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

  • 225 * Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis M
  • 226 * White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes B Bx
  • 227 * Brown Bullfinch Pyrrhula nipalensis L
  • 228 * Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca Lt M Bx
  • 229 Dark-breasted Rosefinch Procarduelis nipalensis B
  • 230 Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola B
  • 231 Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus Lt M
  • 232 * Streaked Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilloides B
  • 233 * Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus davidianus M Bx
  • 234 * Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus L Lt Bx
  • 235 * Long-tailed Rosefinch Carpodacus sibiricus Bx
  • 236 * Chinese White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus dubius Lt M
  • 237 * Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus B
  • 238 Grey-capped Greenfinch Chloris sinica L
  • 239 Twite Linaria flavirostris Ro

PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

  • 240 * Slaty Bunting Emberiza siemsseni Lt
  • 241 * Godlewski’s Bunting Emberiza godlewskii Bx
  • 242 Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans L

List of Mammals seen

  • Plateau Pika Ochotona curzoniae Lj
  • Woolly Hare Lepus oiostolus Bx
  • Hog-nosed Badger Meles leucurus B