15 days Qinghai birding tour


Day 1 Arrive at Xining, birding at Xining hills, night at Xining

Day 2 Morning birding at Dongxia forest park , drive to Gonghe, 140km, 2.5 hours drive, birding at Gonghe, night at Gonghe.


Pale Rosefinch © Summer Wong

Gansu Leaf Warbler © Jarmo Pirhonen

Przevalski’s Nuthatch / White-cheeked Nuthatch © Jarmo Pirhonen


Possible speices in Xining hills: Pale Rosefinch, Red-billed Chough, Pied Wheatear, Meadow bunting, Godlewski’s Bunting, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Common Pheasant, Little Owl, Przevalski’s  Partridge.

Possible birds in Dongxia forest park :

Gansu Leaf Warbler, Przevalski’s Nuthatch and Chinese Nuthatch, Crested Tit Warbler, Goldcrest, Chinese White-browed Rosefinch, White-throated Redstart, Chinese Song Thrush, Elliot’s Laughingthrush, White-winged Grosbeak, Black-faced Bunting, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Common Rosefinch.

Day 3 Birding at Gonghe and Ela mountain on the way drive to Maduo, 340km, 5 hours drive

Possible birds near Gonghe:

Mongolian Finch © Summer Wong

Lesser Whitethroat © Summer Wong

Mongolian Finch, Mongolian Lark, Desert Finch, Lesser Whitethroat, Pine Bunting, Black-faced Bunting, Isabelline and Desert Wheatear, Rock Sparrow, Twite, White-rumped Snowfinch, Rufous-necked Snowfinch.

Possible birds in Ela Mountain:

Tibetan Rosefinch/Roborowski’s Rosefinch © Summer Wong

Guldenstadt’s Redstart © Jarmo Pirhonen

Henry’s Snowfinch © Summer Wong

Roboroveski’s Rosefinch, Guldenstadt’s Redstart, Prince Henry’s Snowfinch ( split from White-winged ), Brandt’s and Plain Mountain Finches.

Day 4 Drive from Maduo to Nangqian, night at Nangqian, 500km, 8 hours drive

Possible birds on the way from Maduo to Nangqian :

Ibisbill © Summer Wong

Upland Buzzard © Summer Wong

Saker Falcon © Summer Wong

Streaked Rosefinch © Summer Wong

Ibisbill, Upland Buzzard, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Saker Falcon, Daurian Jackdaw, Little Owl,  Ruddy Shelduck, Lesser Sand Plover,Bar-headed Geese, Common Redshank, Great Black-headed Gull, Brownheaded Gull, Common Tern, Tibetan Lark, Pale Martin, Citrine Wagtail, Salim Ali’s Swift ,Eurasian Crag Martin,  Asian House Martin, Streaked Rosefinch, White-rumped Snowfinch, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, Common Hoppoe, Kessler’s Thrush, Chinese Grey Shrike,   Brown Deeper, Hogson’s and Blue-fronted Redstart, Alpine Leaf Warbler , Red-rumped Swallow, Common and Great Rosefinch.

Day 5 Birding at Kanda Shan, night at Nangqian

Possible birds in Kanda Shan :

Tibetan Bunting/Kozlov’s Bunting © Summer Wong

Chinese Rubythroat © Summer Wong

White-browed Tit © Summer Wong

Tibetan Partridge © Summer Wong

White-browed Tit Warbler © Summer Wong

Grandala © Summer Wong

Tibetan Bunting, Tibatan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Sichuan Tit, Tibetan Babax, White-eared Pheasant, Szecheny’s Monal Partridge (Buff-throated Partridge), White-tailed Rubythroat,  Grandala, Chinese Beautiful, Red-fronted and Streaked Rosefinch, White-browed Tit, Sichuan Tit, White-browed Tit Warbler, Snow Pigeon, White-capped Redstart, Golden Eagle, Plain Mountain Finch, White-winged Grosbeak, Eurasian Eagle Owl.

Day 6 Birding at Baizha forest, night at Nangqian.

Possible birds in Baizha Forest :

Szecheny’s Monal Partridge/Buff-throated Partridge © Summer Wong

White-eared Pheasant © Summer Wong

Tibetan Babax © Summer Wong

Sichuan Tit © Summer Wong

Szecheny’s Monal Partridge (Buff-throated Partridge), Blood Pheasant, Giant Laughingthrush, White-eared Pheasant, Three-banced and Common Rosefinch, White-throated Deeper, Tibetan Barbax, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Long-tailed Thrush, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Black and Grey-headed Woodpecker, Orange-flancked Bluetail, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Rosy Pipit, Japanese, Rufous-vented and Grey-crested Tit, Sichuan Tit, Tibetan Siskin, Chinese Fulvetta, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler, Maroon-backed Accentor, Salim Ali’s Swift, Aberrant Bush Warbler, Sichuan Leaf Warbler.

Day 7 Drive to Qumalai, birding and mammal watching on the way, night at Qumalai, 400km, 7 hours drive

Tibetan Fox © Summer Wong

Wolf © Summer Wong

Day 8 Drive from Qumalai to Budongquan, 310 km, 5 hours drive,  birding and mammal watching on the way, looking for Tibetan Sandgrouse. night at Budongquan.

A family of Tibetan Sandgrouse © Summer Wong

Tibetan antelope © Summer Wong

Tibetan gazelle © Summer Wong

Kiang © Summer Wong

Day 9 Drive to Golmud, may go back to look for Tibetan Sandgrouse, or go to Yuzhu Peak, for Pallas’s Sandgrouse and Tibetan Rosefinch, on the way to Golmud, will look for Mongolian Finch and Great Rosefinch, 185 km, 3 hours drive, night at Golmud.

Great Rosefinch © Summer Wong

Day 10 Drive from Golmud to Dulan, 345km, 4hours drive , night at Dulan

Will look for Henderson’s Ground Jay, Lesser Whitethroat, Ala Shan Redstart, Daurian Partridge.

Day 11 Birding at Dulan, 130km, 2 hours drive to Chaka, night at Chaka

Ala Shan Redstart © Summer Wong

Target bird at Dulan:  Ala Shan Redstart, Daurian Partridge, Pine Bunting, White-winged Grosbeak, Black Redstart, then drive to Chaka, birding on the way, looking for Pallas’s Sandgrouse.

Day 12-13 Birding at Chaka, night at Chaka.

Przevalski’s Partridge © Summer Wong

Mongolian Ground-jay / Henderson’s Ground-jay © Summer Wong

Tibetan Grey Shrike © Summer Wong

Pine Bunting © Summer Wong

Possible birds in Chaka area: Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Tibetan and Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Przevalski’s Partridge, Daurian Partridge, Xinjiang Shrike, Henderson’s Ground Jay, Ala Shan Redstart, Wallcreeper, Desert and Isabelline Wheatears, Pine Bunting, Tibetan Grey Shrike, White-winged Grosbeaks, Mongolian Lark.

Day 14 Birding at Rubber mountain and Koko Nor lake, drive to Xining

Przevalski’s Finch © Summer Wong

Dusky Warbler © Summer Wong

Robin Accentor © Summer Wong

Brown Accentor © Summer Wong

Rubber mountain possible for Przevalski’s Finch, White-browed Tit, White-rumped and Tibetan Snowfinch, Robin Accentor, Brown Accentor.

Koko Nor lake is possible for Bar-headed Goose, Great Black-headed Gull and perhaps our first Black-necked Crane,  Ground Tit, Mongolian Lark, Hume’s Short-toed Lark, Tibetan Lark, Pere David’s Snowfinch.

Black-necked Crane © Summer Wong

Day 15 Departure





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