20 Days Sichuan Birding Tour


Day 1  Chengdu – Longcanggou, Chengdu airport pick up then drive to Longcanggou, birding on the way, overnight in Longcangou.

Day 2-3 Two full days in Longcanggou

Temminck’s Tragopan, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Three-toed Parrotbill, Golden Parrotbill, Brown Parrotbill, Lady Amherst’s Pheasant © Summer Wong

Target birds in Chengdu parks : Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Black-throated Tit, Yellow-billed Grosbeak ( Chinese Grosbeak ), White-browed Laughing thrush, on the road to Longcanggou also possible for Ashy-throated Parrotbill.

Longcanggou is best place for parrotiblls: Grey-hooded, Three-toed, Golden, Great, Brown, Fulvous Parrotbill.

Longcanggou is also good place for :Temminck’s Tragopan, Lady Am’s Pheasant and Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Streaked Barwing, Sichuan Treecreeper, Red-winged, Spotted and Elliot’s Laughingthrush, Emei Shan Liocichla, Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Bunting, Forest Wagtail, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Firethroat, Spotted Bush Warbler, White-bellied Redstart.

Day 4 Longcanggou – Erlangshan, birding in Longcanggou in the morning, then drive to Erlangshan, overnight in Tianquan.

Day 5 Whole day birding in Erlangshan.

Erlangshan is the best place for Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, also good place for Chinese Song Thrush, Barred, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Streaked Barwing, Firethroat, Yellow-bellied Tit, Black-browed Tit.

Day 6 Erlangshan – Rilong, drive to Rilong, birding on the way, overnight in Rilong.

Day 7-8 Two full days birding in Balangshan.

Chinese Monal, Snow Partridge, Temminck’s Tragopan, White-eared Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Golden Pheasant ©  Summer Wong

Firethroat, Blackthroat, Sharpe’s Rosefinch, Red-fronted Rosefinch, Grandala, White-tailed Rubythroat ©  Summer Wong

Balangshan is the best place for many game birds: Chinese Monal, White-eared Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Golden Pheasant, Verreaux’s Monal-partridge ( Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge ), Koklass Pheasant, Blood Pheasant. Good place for rosefinches: Red-fronted, Streaked, Crimson-browed, Spot-winged, Chinese Beautiful, White-browed, Dark-breasted Rosefinch. Other good birds: Grandala, Wallcreeper, Firethroat, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, White-browed Bush Robin,Giant Laughingthrush, White-tailed Rubythroat, Crested Tit Warbler, Collared and White-winged Grosbeak, Spotted Bush Warbler, Sichuan Tit, Kessler’s Thrush, Chestnut Thrush.

Day 9 Balangshan – Maerkang, birding in Balangshan in the morning, then drive to Maerkang, birding on the way, overnight in Maerkang.

Day 10 Whole day birding in Mengbishan.

Verreaux’s Monal-partridge, Three-banded Rosefinch, Giant Laugingthrush, Chinese Fulvetta, White-browed Rosefinch, Blood Pheasant ©  Summer Wong

On the way from Rilong to Maerkang, will look for Long-tailed Rosefinch, Blue Rock Thrush and Yellow-streaked Warbler.
Mengbishan is the best place for Sichuan Jay, Verreaux’s Monal-partridge ( Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge ), Blood Pheasant, Giant Laughingthrush, good place to take photo of them, other good birds for photographing: Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch, Pink-rumped Rosefinch, White-browed Rosefinch. Three-banded Rosefinch, Black Woodpecker are also possible. 

Day 11 Maerkang – Ruoergai, drive to Ruoergai, birding on the way, overnight in Ruoergai.

Day 12 Baxi forest, Flower Lake

White-browed Tit Warbler, Przevalski’s Finch, White-browed Tit, Black-necked Crane, Tibetan Partridge, Chinese Grey Shrike ©  Summer Wong

Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush, White-throated Redstartl, Blue-eared Pheasant, Sichuan Tit, Przevalski’s Nuthatch, Chinese Grouse © Summer Wong

On the road from Maerkang to Ruoergai, will look for Tibetan Partridge, Pere David’s Laughingthrush (Plain Laughingthrush), Azure-winged Magpie, Saker Falcon, White-browed Tit Warbler, Sichuan Tit, White-browed Tit, Tibetan Snowfinch, Przevalski’s Rosefinch (Pink-tailed Bunting), Little Owl, Black-necked Crane.

Baxi forest is the best place for Blue-eared Pheasant, Chinese Grouse, Three-banded Rosefinch, Przevalski’s Nuthatch (White-Cheeked Nuthatch), Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush, Slaty-backed Flycatcher.
Flower Lake: Tibetan Lark, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, White-rumped Snowfinch, Horned Lark  are the main target birds there, and many other water birds on the lake.

Day 13 Ruoergai – Chuanzhusi, drive to Chuanzhusi, birding on the way and Gonggangling forest, overnight in Chuanzhusi

Day 14 Chuanzhusi – Jiuzhaigou, birding in Gonggangling forest, then drive to Jiuzhaigou

Sichuan Wood Owl, Crested Tit Warbler, Blue-eared Pheasant, Three-banded Rosefinch, Chinese Grouse, Przevalski’s Nuthatch ©  Summer Wong

On the road from Ruoergai to Chuanzhusi, will look for Siberian Rubythroat.
Gongganling is the place for many possible good birds: Chinese Grouse, Blue-eared Pheasant, Crested Tit Warbler, Three-banded Rosefinch, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Maroon-back Accentor, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, White-bellied Redstart, Spotted Bush Warbler, Spectacled Fulvetta, in the very early morning, we can try to look for Sichuan Wood Owl.

Day 15 Whole day birding in Jiuzhaigou National Park, overnight in Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou National Park, it is the place for Rufous-headed Robin, Spectacled Parrotbill, Spectacled Fulvetta, Sooty Tit, Fujian Niltava, Sichuan Treecreeper, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Indian Blue Robin, Rusty-breasted Tit, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Chinese Nuthatch, Eurasian Nuthatch, Black Woodpecker, White-bellied Redstart, Brown Deeper, White-throated Deeper.

Day 16 Jiuzhaigou – Tangjiahe, overnight in Tangjiahe

Day 17-18 Birding in Tangjiahe

Day 19 After early morning birding in Tangjiahe then drive back to Chengdu

Day 20 Birding in Chengdu, airport sending off.

Golden Pheasant, Spotted Laughingthrush, Temminck’s Tragopan, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Tawny Fish Owl, Koklass Pheasant ©  Summer Wong

Tangjiahe is the best place for: Temminck’s Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Tawny Fish Owl, Rusty-breasted Tit, Sooty Tit, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, also good for: Golden Parrotbill, Three-toed Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Spectacled Parrotbill, White-throated Laughingthrush, Spotted Laughingthrush, Crested Kingfisher.  Chengdu is good for : Chinese Grosbeak, White-browed Laughingthrush, Chinese Blackbird, Chinese Bulbul.




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