Sichuan, China

25th April – 12th May 2017 
Leader: Summer Wong
This is a tour joined by two families, Tom & Julia Lawson, Daniel Lien and his parents: Leif Lien and Mette Mellegaard. 


Chinese Monal, from Balang Shan, 5th May 2017 © Tom Lawson

On 25 April, in the morning we went to Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, arrived there at around 7:20 am, waited for a while as the ticket office start to work at 7:30 am. Less traveller when the park just opened, the first bird we saw in the park is Black-throated Tit, on the same tree we got Chinese Bulbul, Japanese White-eye, in the bamboo we got Rufous-faced Warbler, White-browed Laughingthrush popping on the road, Chinese Blackbird flying across with it’s typical high pitch call, when we were trying to get better view of White-rumped Munia in the bamboo, our attention was attracted by contact call of a pair Chinese Grosbeak perched on the big tree later with nest material in the beak. Then we birded near the swan lake got a pair of introduced Black Swan with their four chiks, Common Moorhen, Little Grebe, Mallard in the lake, on the grass area on the side of the lake we got very close view of Grey-capped Greenfinch feeding on the grass, Chinese Bamboo Partridge calling in the bushes and later I spotted one running cross the road into other bushes, there we got another pair of Chinese Grosbeak, Black-crowned Night Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Chinese Pond Heron, Little Egret flew across above head. On the way to Sunshine Nursery House for baby Panda, we heard Large-billed Leaf Warbler, but it didn’t show eventually, instead we got a pair of loudly calling Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, lots of Red-billed Leiothrix. In the Sunshine Nursery House we got 5 sleeping baby Pandas born in last year, hanging on the trees, no activity, but later in the Moon Nursery House we got some active baby Pandas, climbing the trees, chasing each other. On the way between these two nursery houses, we got a stunning close view male Golden Pheasant in the bamboo, April is very good time for pheasant, it ran deep from the bamboo toward us like a bullet when it heard the tape, walking and searching in the roadside bamboo for a while which provided us great view of it and good chance for photographing. In the same bamboo we got Rufous-capped Babbler, Vinous-throated Parrotbill feeding on the roadside. On the Red Panda enclosure area we got a Brown-breasted Flycatcher.

Grey-capped Greenfinch, Rufous-faced Warbler, Fire-breated Flowerpecker, Chinese Grosbeak, from Chengdu Panda breeding center © Summer Wong

Baby Giant Panda, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Red-billed Leiothrix, Golden Pheasant, from Chengdu Panda breeding center © Summer Wong

The next day we drove from Chengdu to Tangjiahe NNR. Before we entering the park, we had a short stop on a bridge, got a few species warblers singing on a big tree, Marten’s Warbler, Claudia’s Leaf Warbler, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, 4 Verditer Flycatchers, Yellow-bellied Tit, Black-throated Tit on the same tree. On the bush area we got good view of a Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, on the river we got our first view of Brown Deeper, White-capped Redstart, Plumbious Redstart. We got our first view of Golden Pheasant on the way to hotel, they were feeding on the roadside, after our coach stopped, they turned off to the grass taking a circle, walked back to the road, great view of they crossing and feeding in the grass. Then we got our first view of Takin and Reeve’s Muntjac on their usual place. Before checked in hotel, we went to the back of hotel, looking for Slaty Bunting, just when I was about to say that’s the place for Slaty Bunting, a male one singing and popping out of grass to bushes, quite active, got great view qof this male one, later we got another pair and also a Brown-breasted Flycatcher and our first view of White-crowned Forktail.
The next day we took a sightseeing bus in the park to the tragopan place, I booked the bus to pick us up on 7:30 am, but they arrived at 8:00 am, the lucky thing is no other tourists, only us. Tom is 81 years old, but quite fit, we walked slowly to Motianling, birding on the way up, in the lower area, warblers singing a lot, got our first Kloss’s Leaf Warbler, Chinese Leaf Warbler, along with Marten’s Warbler, Claudia’s Leaf Warbler, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, heard Indian Blue Robin, Pygmy Wren Babbler. Near to the top while we were watching warblers we heard Fulvous Parrotbill calling and then spotted it in the bamboo, eventually we managed to get great view of a pair Fulvous Parrotbills and took some good photos ! Soon after that I spotted our first male Temminck’s Tragopan on a open grass near the bamboo, as it’s in the open we all got good view of it before it went into the bamboo, that was 11:00 am already. Tom and Julia were worried we may miss the tragopan as they couldn’t make the walking faster, I told them if we can’t see it in the morning, in the afternoon we still have chance. In the afternoon, we got another 5 male tragopans, two of them were displaying and calling, Tom got reasonable photo of a displaying one, another two male flew to trees and seating on branch, one feeding in the open, great views ! Tom and Julia think Fulvous Parrotbill make the hard hiking worth, all the Temminck’s Tragopans makes it an excellent day ! On the top we also got a few Sooty Tits, and great view of 3 Spectacled Parrotbills in the bamboo. Around 4:30 pm, we headed down to the bus station, got a group of White-throated Laughingthrush near the top, on the trail we got a nice pair of Golden Pheasant, taking the bus back to hotel, we got Wild Boar and Takin on the roadside.
The first two nights in Tangjiahe, Tom and Julia felt tired, so we decided to arrange the mammal watching in our third night, so we make the daytime easier day, just birding on the valley where the hotel located. In the morning we birded in the back hill of the hotel, there we got Ultramarine Flycatcher, our first view of a pair Slaty Bunting of the day, got other pairs in another two places in the day. I heard singing of Collared Grosbeak in long distance, managed to see two male ones feeding on flower tree. Later we heard two Sichuan Bush Warbler singing, and managed to see one of them. Other new birds of the day is Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Speckled Piculet, Mountain Bulbul, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Chinese Sparrowhawk. After dinner when it’s dark, we took our own coach to do mammal watching, got more than 10 Takins, 5 Reeve’s Muntjacs, 2 Chinese Goral, one of them just on the grass of roadside, great view. Not many other mammals, spotted a mammal on the roadside with a long black tail, could be a civet, but it ran down to the slope too fast, couldn’t id it. We turned around back to hotel, didn’t see much, I was a bit disappointed, only takins, muntjacs and two gorals, that’s all ? As a friend who works in the nature reserve here told me the Tawny Fish Owl was scared by the construction of a bridge, they moved, couldn’t find them on the usual spot, due to my experience of spotting it on a tree in the night while doing mammal watching in last Nov, I expected to spot a Tawny Fish Owl on the tree, then later spotted two eyes shining up on a tree on a steep slope the other side of the river, excited putting bins on, a black mammal sleeping on a branch, it was disturbed by our flashlight, moved up, Black Bear !!! When it moved up, we saw the whole body and it’s white V on the chest well. Tried to get photo but too far and too dark, we watched it around 15 mins, then we decided to leave it alone.

A friend who works in Tangjiahe nature reserver also give information about Giant Panda, he saw a Giant Panda climbing up a tree on 12 April, and a group of Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys on 20 April in Motianling area, they checked that area in the next few days, but didn’t see them again.

Golden Pheasant from Tangjiahe NNR © Tom Lawson

Temminck’s tragopan from Tangjiahe NNR © Tom Lawson

Takin, Temminck’s Tragopan, Spectacled Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, from Tangjiahe © Summer Wong

Golden Pheasant, White-throated Laughingthrush, Slaty Bunting, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, from Tangjiahe © Summer Wong

On 29th April, we drove from Tangjiahe to Chuanzhusi, just out of the nature reserve, we got Common Hoopoe and Collared Finchbill, in Pingwu area, a flying Wallcreeper cross the road, we passed by Mt.Dujuan, there we got  Alpine Leaf  Warbler, Yellow-streaked Warbler, Rosy Pipit, Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch, Pink-rumped Rosefinch and Little Bunting.

Next day in the very early morning, we drove half hour from Chuanzhusi to Gonggangling forest, looking for Pere David’s Owl ( Sichuan Wood Owl ) in the rain, but for nearly 2 hours searching, we only heard two times of it’s call in very long distance, it didn’t show. In the forest,we got Maroon-backed Accentor, Rufous-vented Tit, Grey-crested Tit, White-throated Redstart, Alpine Leaf  Warbler, Sichuan Leaf  Warbler, Olive-backed Pipit, Grey-headed Bulfinch, Godlewski’s Bunting, Chestnut Thrush, Kessler’s Thrush and House Sparrow. Near to the parking lot, Siberian Rubythroat singing in the bush, eventually we got it hiding near to the bottom of a big bush, a nice male one ! Around 10 AM the weather became worse, rain changed into snow and hail, so we decided to leave to Ruoergai. Black-necked Crane was spotted on the plateau when driving to Ruoergai, and also Red-billed Chough, Daurian Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Ground Tit, White-cheeked Starling, Black Redstart.   Before we went to hotel, we decided to have a short stop at Baxi forest. Just when we arrived at the pheasant area, 5 seconds after Daniel jumped out of the coach, he spotted two Blue-eared pheasants on the field and one of it standing on a wood fence! We had good view through telescope, then we headed further, later Tom spotted another two near to the road side below the slope, we got even better view this time, later when we went to a valley to look for other smaller species, we got another Blue-eared Pheasant by it’s sound, and spotted it sitting on a big bush on far slope. In the valley, we got a pair of Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush ( Sukatschewi’s Laughingthrush ) flying through the bushes, also Giant Laughingthrush and Plain Laughingthrush, Elliot’s Laughingthrush in that area. In the forest got Chinese Fulvetta, Goldcrest, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Himalayan Bluetail, Daurian Redstart, White-browed Rosefinch, Pink-rumped Rosefinch, Blue-fronted Redstart, Rufous-breasted Accentor and Robin Accentor.Near to the hotel, got Russet Sparrow on roadside tree.  Raptors of that day are Black-eared Kite, Himalayan Griffon, Cinereous Vulture, Himalayan Buzzard, Upland Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Common Kestrel.

In the evening of 30th April, Tom and Julia and Mette decided not to join us next day to Baxi Forest, because they felt tired because of the high altitude, and the main target species there Tom and Julia had seen in Qinghai tour in 2012 already, so they would like to skip that morning. On 1st May, we spent the whole morning in Baxi forest, our main target species of this morning is Chinese Grouse, the first one we saw was flashed by us when we walked into the bushes, but it ran away very quickly, we didn’t have good view, so we chased it, but never find it again, while we were waiting for the grouse to show again, a big noise came above our head, it’s Blue-eared Pheasant calling, then it dropped off the tree and landed right in front of us, 10 meters, a huge bird ! It noticed us then ran into the pine trees quickly, at the same place we had very good view of a pair of Crested Tit Warbler, when the male was very close and showing nicely, I regretted that I didn’t bring my camera this morning. On the way back to the main road, a pair of Chinese Grouses were just on the roadside! They just crossed the road, they noticed us then flew and ran back to the other side of the road, hanging around in the open bushes for a while, so that we had great close view of these two birds! I regretted more this time as I lost such good chance to photograph it. In the forest we got Sichuan Tit, Goldcrest, Alpine Leaf Warbler, Buff-barred Warbler, Sichuan Leaf Warbler, Pere David’s Laughingthrush, Giant Laughingthrush, Elliot’s Laughingthrush and Daniel spotted a Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush popping under the pine trees on the grass, Chinese Fulvetta, Hodgson’s Treecreeper just 1 meter from us on a pine tree trunk, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Robin Accentor.

Lunch time we went back to town to pick up Tom and Julia and Mette, had lunch in town then we headed to Flower lake area, on the way we got Citrine Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Twite, Ground Tit, Oriental Skylark, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, White-rumped Snowfinch, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, Black-necked Crane, and Lammergeier cycling right above our head in very short distance, later Steppe Eagle showed above the Lammergier.  In the flower lake, we did some water birds watching, there we got Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Porchard, Red-crested Porchard, Ferruginous Porchard, Mallard, Gadwall, Eurasian Teal, Great Egret, Little Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Common Tern, Brown-headed Gull, Temminck’s Stint and at least 10 Falcated Ducks!

Blue-eared Pheasant, Black-necked Crane © L.A.Lien / Rufous-necked Snowfinch, White-rumped Snowfinch © Tom Lawson

Alpine Leaf Warbler, Yellow-streaked Warbler © Summer Wong

Lammergier, Steppe Eagle © L. A. Lien

On 2nd May we drove from Ruoergai to Maerkang, birding on the road. On our first stop, we walked on the grass land hill, 4 Tibetan Partridges had been flashed out, running or flying away. Robin Accentor and White-browed Tit also in the same place, Przevalski’s Finch took us a bit long time to get them eventually, a male and a female popping on the grass, but never fly to top of bushes, moving quickly, make a bit hard to photograph them, but Tom still managed to get a reasonable photo. On the second spot, we got very close view of a male White-browed Tit Warbler, and found a nest of White-browed Tit on a mud river band. Got Black-necked Crane again on this day, Little Ringed Plover on grassland, Grey-backed Shrike, Pere David’s Laughingthrush, Chestnut and Kessler’s Thrush, Black, Hodgson’s and Blue-fronted Redstart, Common Stonechat, Rock Sparrow, White-rumped Snowfinch, Ground Tit. A White-breasted Waterhen was spotted on the river side while we were close to Maerkang.



White-browed Tit Warbler, White-browed Tit © Summer Wong

Tibetan Partridge from Ruoergai © Summer Wong

Siberian Roe Deer from Ruoergai © Summer Wong

We spent one and half day in Mengbishan, in the first morning, the whole mountain was covered by heavy snow, very quite morning, no response from Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge at all, Leif, Daniel and I decided to go up to a valley to look for it, we heard it once from that direction, when we were up in the valley we saw some partridge foot prints on the snow, we followed the prints toward the direction where the sound from, eventually we found the partridge feeding place, but they were all gone, only left their foot prints and the place where they fed, the foot prints showing that they ran away before we arrived there. Later we focused on looking for Blood Pheasant on the roadside, and eventually got a male running through the heavy snow, not easy for them. The rest of the day we got our first view of Golden Eagle, Salim Ali’s Swift, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, White-winged Grosbeak. Other good view species are Giant Laughingthrush on the pine tree with snow as background, Hodgson’s Treecreeper. Because of the cold and heavy snow, it’s very quiet day, and some of us felt tired, so we decided to go back to hotel quite early, just after lunch then we headed down back to hotel, sun came out after lunch.

The next morning had very good weather, most of the snow had melted, lots of activities of birds, we got our Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge very easy, one of them once very close to our coach, only 10 meters away in front, the other two were up on the slope, taking circle getting closer, we had great view of them! Heard White-eared Pheasant from long distance then I located 6 of them in group on a slope on the other side of the valley. After some hard searching for Sichuan Jay, eventually we heard two of them calling from long distance across the valley, later they came into our direction, and getting closer and closer until stopped on a big pine tree right in front of us, very quiet and popping up on the tree then cross the road. Before we left Mengbishan to Balangshan, we had Collared Grosbeak, Chinese Fulvetta and Alpine Accentor. On the way to Wolong, we got Black-browed Tit, Asian House Martin, we spent some time to look for Long-tailed Rosefinch, a male one showed up when we almost gave up to look for it, it’s quite hiding in the bush, but we all managed to put bins on it.

Mengbi Shan covered by snow on our first day there

Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge © L.A.Lien

Sichuan Jay © Summer Wong

Blood Pheasant, Przevalski’s Nuthatch, Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge © Summer Wong

Giant Laughingthrush with snow as background © Summer Wong

We spent three days in Balang Shan, the first two days the mountain was covered by heavy fog on both side, very hard to see bird, we got 19 Snow Partridges in the heavy fog in 4 different places, saw Snow Partridges every morning when we were in the mountain there, and 2 Tibetan Snowcocks flew across the road right above our head on the first morning. On the tunnel place we got 3 Chinese Monals flying across the valley and one of them landed on the rocky place, we waited it to go up an close to us in the fog, we were very lucky to have great view of it when it’s right on the open area of the rock, at that moment the fog was gone for a few minutes ! Great time to take photos too! Heard Koklass Pheasant on the Chinese Monal place. On the day when we left to Longcanggou, Leif and Daniel went with me to the monastery place to look for Golden Pheasant, nowadays local people set a pig farm there with fence on the slope, we heard it but very hard to see it, we decided to climb up and get close to them, I spotted one male feeding on a tree with lots of bushes in front of it, Daniel came to my place followed the direction pointed out but he only got view of it jumped down the tree. Red-fronted Rosefinch feeding through the snow on the top area, Streaked Rosefinch hiding in the bush from the rain. Snow Pigeon found flying in group. Plain and Brandt’s Mountainfinch. Grandala and White-tailed Rubythroat ( Chinese Rubythroat ) took us long time to eventually get them, Grandalas were in group, feeding on the mountain side with sunshine on our third morning, Rubythroat was close to Grandala place, a male one showed well on the bush with snow.

On Wolong area, we tried to look for Blackthroat, but no sign of it. Got Pere David’s Tit and a few Firethroats which were very hiding. Buff-throated Warbler and Barred Laughingthrush, White-browed Fulvetta, Great Parrotbill, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Indian Blue Robin, Slaty Bunting were spotted on Wolong side. On Rilong side, above 4000 meter place we got a Chinese Pond Heron!

Chinese Monal habitat from Balang Shan, 5th May 2017 © Summer Wong

Snow Partridge from Balang Shan © L.A.Lien

Great Parrotbill © Summer Wong / Chinese Rubythroat © L.A.Lien / Grandala male and female © Tom Lawson

Domestic Yak with Grandalas in the background © L.A.Lien

On the way down from Chinese Rubythroat place © Tom Lawson

The first two days in Longcanggou, we got 5 Grey-hooded Parrotbills in group on the top area, a pair of Brown Parrotbills near by,  and 1 Great Parrotbill in lower area, a few groups of Golden Parrotbills on the way down. Buffy Laughingthrush was found in low area, Daniel and driver got Spotted Laughingthrush in the middle area, Red-winged La ughingthrush singing a lot, but hard to get a view of it, we eventually got it out to fly across a small river, only flying view of it, a pair of Emeishan Liocichla showed very well to us nearby the Red-winged place.  White-throated Needletail flying around on up area, got 2 Speckled Wood Pigeons, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Swift, Fire-capped Tits mixed with other small birds in a bird wave, Chestnut-headed Tesia gave us good view sitting under a bush but open area, Sichuan Bush Warbler was found near to the park gate. Blue-winged and Red-winged Minla were quite active along with Stripe-throated Yuhina. Golden-breasted and Grey-hooded Fulvetta were quite common there. Sichuan Treecreeper was found on the top area once very close to us but in very foggy weather, White-browed Shortwing was very timid, heard them very close to us, but very hard to get a chance to put bins on it, moved too fast, Daniel managed to put bins on it, others only got naked-eye view of it moving around. White-bellied Redstart normally very hiding, but a male one showed very well on a pine tree on the usual spot. Got Dark-sided, Ferruginous, Rufous-gorgeted, Verditer, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Chinese Blue Flycatcher took us some hard effort to get it close and managed to put bins on it through all the branches and leaves.

The last morning in Longcanggou we went back to mountain again for Temminck’s Tragopan for Daniel and his parents, because they joined the tour from Chuanzhusi, they skipped Tangjiahe, they didn’t see the tragopan there. It’s a very lucky morning, on the way up we got a young male Tragopan, on the way down got another adult male one running across the road! Near to the hotel, we did some birding before leave back to Chengdu, we got Brown Bullfinch, Grey-capped Greenfinch, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler and Ashy-throated Parrotbill.

Golden Parrotbill, Emeishan Liocichla © Tom Lawson

White-bellied Redstart © Tom Lawson / Yellow-throated Bunting © L.A.Lien / Sichuan Treecreeper, Buffy Laughingthrush © Summer Wong

Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Fire-capped Tit © Summer Wong


When I was visiting Daniel and his parents in Norway in middle Sep 2017, I lost my cellphone in the sea there, so all my tour group photos of spring 2017 are lost. Here are some group photos from Tom, Leif and Mette:

Julia and Tom at Balang Shan © L.A.Lien

summer wong bird tours

Leif, Daniel and Mette in Ruoergai © Tom Lawson

Birding in Balang Shan © L.A.Lien

Birding in Longcanggou © Mette Mellegaard

Summer, Daniel and Leif in Chengdu Giant Panda breeding center watching Rufous-faced Warbler © Mette Mellegaard

dinner at Ruoergai and lunch at Ya’an on the way to Longcanggou

Bird list :

Chinese Grouse – Tetrastes sewerzowi
Snow Partridge -Lerwa lerwa
Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge -Tetraophasis obscurus
Tibetan Snowcock -Tetraogallus tibetanus
Tibetan Partridge – Perdix hodgsoniae
Chinese Bamboo Partridge -Bambusicola thoracicus
Blood Pheasant -Ithaginis cruentus
Temminck’s Tragopan -Tragopan temminckii
Koklass Pheasant -Pucrasia macrolopha – heard only
Chinese Monal -Lophophorus lhuysii
White Eared Pheasant -Crossoptilon crossoptilon
Blue Eared Pheasant -Crossoptilon auritum
Common Pheasant -Phasianus colchicus
Golden Pheasant -Chrysolophus pictus
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant – Chrysolophus amherstiae

Little Grebe -Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe -Podiceps cristatus

Greylag Goose -Anser anser
Ruddy Shelduck -Tadorna ferruginea
Common Porchard – Aythya ferina
Red-crested Pochard -Netta rufina
Ferruginous Porchard – Aythya nyroca
Mallard -Anas platyrhynchos
Gadwall -Anas strepera
Eurasian Teal -Anas crecca
Falcated Duck – Anas falcata

Black-crowned Night Heron -Nycticorax nycticorax
Chinese Pond Heron -Ardeola bacchus
Great Egret -Ardea alba
Intermediate Egret – Ardea intermedia
Little Egret -Egretta garzetta
Eastern Cattle Egret -Bubulcus coromandus
Grey Heron -Ardea cinerea

Black-eared Kite -Milvus migrans
Lammergeier -Gypaetus barbatus
Himalayan Vulture / Griffon -Gyps himalayensis
Cinereous Vulture – Aegypius monachus
Himalayan Buzzard -Buteo burmanicus
Upland Buzzard -Buteo hemilasius
Eurasian Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Chinese Sparrowhawk – Accipiter soloensis
Golden Eagle – Aquila chrysaetos
Common Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus

Black-necked Crane -Grus nigricollis

White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornis phoenicurus
Common Moorhen -Gallinula chloropus
Common Coot -Fulica atra

Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius

Wood Sandpiper -Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper -Actitis hypoleucos
Curlew Sandpiper – Calidris ferruginea

Common Redshank -Tringa totanus
Common Greenshank – Tringa nebularia

Common Tern -Sterna hirundo
Brown-headed Gull -Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus

Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
Temminck’s Stint – Calidris temminckii

Snow Pigeon – Columba leuconota
Speckled Wood Pigeon -Columba hodgsonii
Spotted Dove -Spilopelia chinensis

Large Hawk-Cuckoo – Hierococcyx sparverioides
Common Cuckoo -Cuculus canorus heard only
Asian Koel – Eudynamys scolopacea heard only

Sichuan Wood Owl -Strix davidi heard only

White-throated Needletail -Hirundapus caudacutus
House Swift – Apus nipalensis
Salim Ali’s Swift sf Fork-tailed Swift -Apus salimali

Common Hoopoe -Upupa epops

Speckled Piculet -Picumnus innominatus
Great Spotted Woodpecker -Dendrocopos major
Grey-headed Pygmy Woodpecker -Dendrocopos canicapillus

Long-tailed Minivet -Pericrocotus ethologus

Long-tailed Shrike – Lanius schach
Grey-backed Shrike – Lanius tephronotus

Black Drongo -Dicrurus macrocercus

Sichuan Jay – Perisoreus internigrans
Red-billed Blue Magpie -Urocissa erythrorhyncha
Common Magpie -Pica pica
Spotted Nutcracker – Nucifraga caryocatactes

Red-billed Chough -Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Alpine/ Yellow-billed Chough -Pyrrhocorax graculus
Daurian Jackdaw -Coloeus dauuricus
Carrion Crow -Corvus corone
Large-billed Crow -Corvus macrorhynchos
Northern Raven – Corvus corax

Sichuan Tit -Poecile weigoldicus
White-browed Tit -Poecile superciliosus
Black-throated Tit -Aegithalos concinnus
Sooty / White-necklaced Tit – Aegithalos fuliginosus
Black-browed Tit – Aegithalos bonvaloti
Rufous-vented Tit – Periparus rubidiventris
Coal Tit – Periparus ater
Yellow-bellied Tit – Periparus venustulus
Grey-crested Tit – Lophophanes dichrous
Great Japanese Tit – Parus major
Green-backed Tit – Parus monticolus
Yellow-browed Tit – Sylviparus modestus
Fire-capped Tit – Cephalopyrus flammiceps
Ground Tit – Pseudopodoces humilis

Oriental Skylark -Alauda gulgula
Horned Lark -Eremophila alpestris

Collared Finchbill -Spizixos semitorques
Mountain Bulbul – Ixos mcclellandi
Brown-breasted Bulbul – Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
Chinese/ Light-vented Bulbul – Pycnonotus sinensis

Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Eurasian Crag Martin – Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Asian House Martin – Delichon dasypus

Goldcrest -Regulus regulus
Chestnut-headed Tesia -Tesia castaneocoronata
Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler – Cettia fortipes
Aberrant Bush Warbler -Cettia flavolivacea
Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler -Cettia acanthizoides
Sichuan Bush Warbler -Locustella chengi

Rufous-faced Warbler -Abroscopus albogularis
White-browed Tit Warbler -Leptopoecile sophiae
Crested Tit Warbler -Leptopoecile elegans
Alpine Leaf Warbler sf Tickell’s -Phylloscopus occisinensis
Buff-throated Warbler -Phylloscopus subaffinis
Yellow-streaked Warbler -Phylloscopus armandii
Buff-barred Warbler -Phylloscopus pulcher
Ashy-throated Warbler -Phylloscopus maculipennis
Sichuan Leaf Warbler sf Lemon-rumped -Phylloscopus forresti
Chinese Leaf Warbler – Phylloscopus yunnanensis
Hume’s Leaf Warbler -Phylloscopus humei
Greenish Warbler -Phylloscopus trochiloides
Large-billed Leaf Warbler -Phylloscopus magnirostris
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler -Phylloscopus claudiae
Emei Leaf Warbler -Phylloscopus emeiensis
Kloss’s Leaf Warbler -Phylloscopus ogilviegranti
Grey-crowned Warbler – Seicercus tephrocephalus
Bianchi’s Warbler – Seicercus valentini
Martens’s Warbler – Seicercus omeiensis
Chestnut-crowned Warbler -Seicercus castaniceps

Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler – Pomatorhinus gravivox
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler -Pomatorhinus ruficollis
Winter / Eurasian Wren -Troglodytes troglodytes
Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler -Pnoepyga albiventer  – heard only
Rufous-capped Babbler -Stachyridopsis ruficeps

Red-billed Leiothrix – Leiothrix lutea
White-throated Laughingthrush – Garrulax albogularis
Buffy / Rufous Laughingthrush sf Rusty – Dryonastes berthemyi
Plain / Pere David’s Laughingthrush -Pterorhinus davidi
White-browed Laughingthrush -Pterorhinus sannio
Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush -Ianthocincla sukatschewi
Barred Laughingthrush -Ianthocincla lunulata
Giant Laughingthrush -Ianthocincla maxima
Spotted Laughingthrush -Ianthocincla ocellata
Elliot’s Laughingthrush -Trochalopteron elliotii
Red-winged Laughingthrush -Trochalopteron formosum  – heard only
Emei Shan Liocichla -Liocichla omeiensis

Blue-winged Minla -Minla cyanouroptera
Red-tailed Minla -Minla ignotincta


Golden-breasted Fulvetta -Lioparus chrysotis
Chinese Fulvetta -Fulvetta striaticollis
Grey-hooded Fulvetta -Fulvetta cinereiceps
Grey-cheeked / David’s Fulvetta -Alcippe davidi
White-browed Fulvetta -Fulvetta vinipectus

Stripe-throated Yuhina – Yuhina gularis
White-collared Yuhina -Yuhina diademata

Great Parrotbill – Conostoma oemodium
Three-toed Parrotbill – Cholornis paradoxus heard only
Brown Parrotbill – Cholornis unicolor
Spectacled Parrotbill – Sinosuthora conspicillata
Vinous-throated Parrotbill – Sinosuthora webbiana
Ashy-throated Parrotbill – Sinosuthora alphonsiana
Grey-hooded Parrotbill – Sinosuthora zappeyi
Fulvous Parrotbill – Suthora fulvifrons
Golden Parrotbill – Suthora verreauxi

Chestnut-flanked White-eye – Zosterops erythropleurus
Japanese White-eye – Zosterops japonicus

Eurasian Nuthatch – Sitta europaea
Przevalski’s / White-cheeked Nuthatch -Sitta przewalskii

Wallcreeper – Tichodroma muraria
Hodgson’s Treecreeper – Certhia hodgsoni
Sichuan Treecreeper – Certhia tianquanensis

White-cheeked Starling -Spodiopsar cineraceus

Blue Whistling Thrush -Myophonus caeruleus
Long-tailed Thrush -Zoothera dixoni
Chinese Blackbird -Turdus mandarinus
Chestnut Thrush -Turdus rubrocanus
Kessler’s Thrush -Turdus kessleri
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush – Monticola rufiventris

White-browed Shortwing – Brachypteryx montana

Siberian Rubythroat -Luscinia calliope
White-tailed Rubythroat -Luscinia pectoralis
Firethroat -Luscinia pectardens
Indian Blue Robin – Luscinia brunnea
Himalayan / Orange-flanked Bluetail -Tarsiger rufilatus
Oriental Magpie Robin -Copsychus saularis
White-tailed Robin – Myiomela leucura heard only

Black Redstart -Phoenicurus ochruros
Hodgson’s Redstart -Phoenicurus hodgsoni
Daurian Redstart -Phoenicurus auroreus
Blue-fronted Redstart -Phoenicurus frontalis
White-throated Redstart -Phoenicurus schisticeps
White-bellied Redstart -Hodgsonius phaenicuroides
Plumbeous Water Redstart -Rhyacornis fuliginosa
White-capped Water Redstart -Chaimarrornis leucocephalus

Grandala – Grandala coelicolor

White-crowned Forktail -Enicurus leschenaulti

Common / Siberian Stonechat -Saxicola maurus

Brown-breasted Flycatcher – Muscicapa muttui
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher – Culicicapa ceylonensis
Dark-sided Flycatcher – Muscicapa sibirica
Ferruginous Flycatcher – Muscicapa ferruginea
Slaty-backed Flycatcher -Ficedula hodgsonii
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher -Ficedula strophiata
Verditer Flycatcher -Eumyias thalassinus
Chinese Blue Flycatcher -Cyornis glaucicomans  – heard only
Ultramarine Flycatcher – Ficedula superciliaris

White-throated Dipper -Cinclus cinclus
Brown Dipper -Cinclus pallasii

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker – Dicaeum ignipectus
Mrs Gould’s Sunbird -Aethopyga gouldiae

Russet Sparrow – Passer rutilans
Eurasian Tree Sparrow -Passer montanus
House Sparrow -Passer domesticus
Rock Sparrow -Pyrgilauda ruficollis

White-rumped Snowfinch -Onychostruthus taczanowskii
Rufous-necked Snowfinch -Pyrgilauda ruficollis

Plain Mountain Finch -Leucosticte nemoricola
Brandt’s Mountain Finch -Leucosticte brandti

Alpine Accentor -Prunella collaris
Rufous-breasted Accentor -Prunella strophiata
Maroon-backed Accentor -Prunella immaculata
Robin Accentor – Prunella rubeculoides

Citrine Wagtail -Motacilla citreola
Eastern Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla tschutschensis
Grey Wagtail -Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail -Motacilla alba

Olive-backed Pipit -Anthus hodgsoni
Rosy Pipit -Anthus roseatus

White-rumped Munia -Lonchura striata
Grey-capped Greenfinch -Carduelis sinica
Twite -Carduelis flavirostris

Pink-tailed / Przevalski’s Rosefinch – Urocynchramus pylzowi
Long-tailed Rosefinch – Uragus sibiricus
Dark-breasted Rosefinch – Carpodacus nipalensis
Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch – Carpodacus davidianus
Pink-rumped Rosefinch – Carpodacus eos
Vinaceous Rosefinch – Carpodacus vinaceus
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch -Carpodacus dubius
Streaked Rosefinch – Carpodacus rubicilloides
Red-fronted Rosefinch -Carpodacus puniceus

Grey-headed Bullfinch -Pyrrhula erythaca
Brown Bullfinch -Pyrrhula nipalensis

Chinese Grosbeak -Eophona migratoria
Collared Grosbeak -Mycerobas affinis
White-winged Grosbeak -Mycerobas carnipes

Slaty Bunting – Latoucheornis siemsseni
Godlewski’s Bunting – Emberiza godlewskii
Yellow-throated Bunting – Emberiza elegans
Little Bunting – Emberiza pusilla

Mammals :

Tibetan Macaque – Macaca thibetana
Himalayan Marmot – Marmota himalayana
Pere David’s Rock Squirrel – Sciurotamias davidianus
Plateau Pika – Ochotona curzoniae
Glover’s Pika – Ochotona gloveri
Woolly Hare – Lepus olostolus
Tibetan Fox – Vulpes ferrilata
Asiatic Black Bear – Ursus thibetanus
Mountain Weasel – Mustela altaica
Wild Boar – Sus scrofa
Tufted Deer – Elaphodus cephalophus
Reeve’s Muntjac – Muntiacus reevesi
Takin – Budorcas taxicolor
Chinese Goral – Naemorhedus grise
Siberian Roe Deer – Capreolus pygargus

Temminck’s Tragopan at Tangjiahe NNR, 27th April 2017 © Summer Wong Bird Tours

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