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Still here - waiting for a break in Covid - as of September 2021, following the initial Wuhan outbreak, the level of infection in China is still very low  - however, entry is denied to non-Chinese nationals unless they have work or family visit visas. Depending on how effective vaccination proves on a global plan, the soonest we can presently hope for an opening in general tourism would be somewhere in late 2022.


scanning with shadow 2Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai specialist, the wildlife hotspots of China - with Sid Francis

Sichuan 23 days, 21st May to 12th June 2016 – 330 species
Andy Marshall, Guy Kirwan, Mike Coverdale, Pete Shepherd, Graham Speight

Although 2016 gave no Rufous-headed Robin for any birders, and, because of rain and landslide, were denied access to Przewalski’s Parrotbill site, this trip logged up an impressive 330 species.

Game birds – 12 species seen. Some great views of a male Temminck’s Tragopan, and we got a male Golden Pheasant to show very nicely by using playback. All the usual suspects – Monal, the Eared Pheasants, Lady A, Snowcock, Snow Partridge and Chinese Grouse all performed with flying colours.

Per David’s Owl –heard at two sites, it took three goes, and a 03.00 start, before we finally got good views of this bird

Tawny Fish Owl – adults and 2 young Tangjiahe

Crested Ibis –  Yangxian, Shaanxi

Wood Snipe - I'm pretty sure these guys were among the very few birders that managed to see a 2016 Wood Snipe at Balang.

Black-winged Kite – not a usual tick on Sichuan lists. Xichang area

Sichuan Jay – seen 3 sites

Sichuan Forest Thrush - Balang

Zappey’s Flycatcher – 2 sites, Tangjiahe and Pingwu

Blackthroat – Wolong area

Blue-fronted Robin – fairly easy at Hailuogou

Dollar Bird – just north of Tangjiahe

Yunnan Nuthatch – south of Xichang

Sichuan Treecreeper - Hailuogou

Silver-throated Tit – big flock – 100+ in Moxi area

Crested Finchbill – not a usual tick for Sichuan, Xichang area

Grey-sided Bush Warbler – fairly easy Emei

Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler – Wolong area

Streaked Barwing - Hailuogou

Rufous-vented Yuhina – not usual on Sichuan lists. Fairly common Moxi

Brown-winged Parrotbill - Xichang

Grey-hooded Parrotbill – new site south of Wawu

Przewalski’s Finch – fairly easy to find Ruoergai

Full List
Sites visited –
1 Wolong/Balang
2 Rouergai/Baxi
3 Jiuzhaigou
4 Tangjiahe/Pingwu
5 Xichang
6 Moxi/Hailuogou
7 Erlang
8 Longcanggou
9 Emei

1. Snow Partridge Lerwa lerwa
2. Chinese Bamboo-Partridge Bambusicola thoracica – heard only
3. Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus
4. Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus
5. Koklass pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha – heard only
6. Chestnut-throated Partridge Tetraophasis obscures
7. Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii
8. Chinese Monal Pheasant Lophophorus lhuysii
9. White Eared-Pheasant Crossoptilon crossoptilon
10. Blue Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon auritum
11. Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
12. Lady Amherst's Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae
13. Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus
14. Chinese Grouse Tetrastes sewerzowi

15. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
16. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
17. Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
18. Common Merganser Mergus merganser

19. Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus
20. Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis
21. Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
22. Grey-capped Woodpecker Picus canus
23. Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus
24. Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
25. Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis
26. Black Woodpecker Picumnus innominatus
27. Great Barbet Megalaima virens - heard

28. Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioide
29. Eurasian Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
30. Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus
31. Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus – heard only
32. Himalayan Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus - heard only
33. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea – heard only

34. Himalayan Swiflet Collocalia brevirostris
35. White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
36. Salim Ali’s Swift Apis salimalii
37. House Swift Apus affinis

38. Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia – heard Only
39. Little Owl Athene noctua
40. Himalayan Owl Strix nivicolum
41. Pere David’s Owl Strix davidi
42. Tawny Fish Owl Ketupa flavipes
43. Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides

44. Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus

45. Speckled Wood Pigeon Columba hodgsonii
46. Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota
47. Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
48. Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
49. Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebaric
50. Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

51. Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis

52. Crested Ibis Nipponia nippon

53. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
54. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

55. Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus
56. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
57. Common Redshank Tringa tetanus
58. Wood Snipe Gallinago nemoricola

59. Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus
60. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
61. Common Tern Sterna hirundo

62. Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus
63. Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis
64. Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus
65. Black-eared Kite. Milvus linaetus
66. Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
67. Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
68. Black Baza Aviceda leuphotes
69. Himalayan Buzzard Buteo burmanicus
70. Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius
71. Mountain Hawk Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis
72. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
73. Besra Accipiter virgatus
74. Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
75. Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
76. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
77. Saker Falcon Falco cherrug

78. Little Egret Egretta garzetta
79. Great Egret Casmerodius albus
80. Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
81. Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus
82. Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
83. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
84. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

85. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
86. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
87. Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus
88. Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus

89. Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
90. Sichuan Jay Perisoreus internigrans
91. Black-billed Magpie Pica pica
92. Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyana
93. Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha
94. Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
95. Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
96. Daurian Jackdaw Corvus dauurica
97. Carrion Crow Corvus corone
98. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
99. Collared crow Corvus torquatus
100. Common Raven Corvus corax
101. Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes

102. Black-napped Oriole Oriolus chinensis

103. Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
104. Swinhoe’s Minivet Pericrocotus cantonensis

105. Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
106. Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
107. Hair-feathered Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus

108. Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii

109. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
110. Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradise – heard only

111. Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitaries
112. Blue Whistling-Thrush Myophonus caeruleus
113. Long-tailed Thrush Zoothera dixoni
114. Sichuan Forest Thrush Zoothera griseiceps
115. Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus
116. Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
117. ChestnutThrush Turdus rubrocanus
118. Kessler's Thrush Turdus kessleri
119. Chinese Thrush Turdus mupinensis

120. White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx Montana

121. Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
122. Brown-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa muttui
123. Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea
124. Slaty-backed Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
125. Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata
126. Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina
127. Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra
128. Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia
129. Chinese Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides
130. Zappey’s Flycatcher Cyanoptila cumatilis

131. Fujian Niltava Niltava davidi
132. Indian Blue Robin Luscinia brunnea
133. Golden Bush Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus
134. Himalayan Bluetail Tarsiger rufilatus
135. White-browed Bush Robin Tarsiger indicus
136. Himalayan Rubythroat Luscinia pectoralis
137. Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia caliope
138. Firethroat Luscinia pectardens
139. Blackthroat Luscinia obscura

140. Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis

141. Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus
142. Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus

143. White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
144. Hodgson's Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni
145. Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
146. Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis
147. Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
148. White-capped Water-Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
149. Plumbeous Water-Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus

150. White-bellied Redstart Hodgsonius phoenicuroides

151. White-tailed Robin Myiomela leucurum – heard only
152. Blue-fronted Robin Cinclidium frontale

153. Grandala Grandala coelicolor

154. Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus
155. Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea

156. Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus
157. Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus
158. Dollar Bird Eurystomus orientalis

159. Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
160. Chinese Nuthatch Sitta villosa
161. Yunnan Nuthatch Sitta yunnanensis
162. Przewalski’s Nuthatch Sitta przewalskii

163. Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

164. Hodgson’s Treecreeper Certhia hodgsoni
165. Sichuan Treecreeper Certhia tianquanensis

166. Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

167. Fire-capped Tit Cephalopyrus flammiceps
168. Sichuan Tit Poecile weigoldicus
169. Black-bibbed Tit Poecile hypermelanea
170. Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris
171. Coal Tit Periparus ater
172. Pere David’s Tit Poecile davidi
173. White-browed Tit Poecile superciliosus
174. Yellow-bellied Tit Slyviparus venustulus
175. Grey-crested Tit Parus dichrous
176. Eastern Great Tit Parus major
177. Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus
178. Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus
179. Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus
180. Black-browed Tit Aegithalos bonvaloti
181. Sooty Tit Aegithalos fuliginosus
182. Silver-throated Tit Aegithalos glaucogularis

183. Hume’s Ground Tit Pseudopodoces humilis

184. Eurasian Crag-Martin Hirundo rupestris
185. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
186. Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
187. Asian House-Martin Delichon dasypus

188. Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques
189. Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons
190. Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
191. Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster
192. Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis
193. Himalayan Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
194. Mountain Bulbul Ixos mcclellandii

195. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
196. Chestnut-flanked White-eye Zosterops erythropleurus

197. White-browed Tit-warbler Leptopoecile sophiae
198. Crested Tit-Warbler Leptopoecile elegans

199. Plain Prinia Prinia inornata

200. Brownish-flanked Bush-War Cettia fortipes
201. Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler Cettia acanthizoides
202. Aberrant Bush-Warbler Cettia flavolivaceus
203. Grey-sided Bush Warbler Cettia brunnifrons
204. Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler Cettia major
205. Sichuan Bush-Warbler Locustella chengi
206. Baikal Bush Warbler Locustella davidi
207. Spotted Bush Warbler Locustella thoracica
208. Chinese Bush Warbler Locustella tacsanowskia

209. Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata

210. Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
211. Alpine Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus occisinensis
212. Buff-throated Warbler Phylloscopus subaffinis
213. Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis
214. Yellow-streaked Warbler Phylloscopus armandii
215. Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher
216. Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus
217. Sichuan Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus forresti
218. Chinese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus yunnanensis
219. Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei
220. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
221. Large-billed Warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris
222. Emei Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus emeiensis
223. Eastern-crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus
224. Claudia's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus Claudia
225. Kloss's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus ogilivie-grantii
226. Sulpher-breasted Warbler Phylloscopus ricketti

227. Bianchi’s Warbler Seicercus valentine
228. Marten’s warbler Seicercus omeiensis
229. Grey-crowned Warbler Seicercus tephocephalus
230. Plain-tailed Warbler Seicercus soror
231. Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps

232. Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis

233. Goldcrest Regulus regulus

234. Sukatschev's Laughing thrush Garrulax sukatschewi
235. Barred Laughingthrush Garrulax lunulatus
236. Giant Laughingthrush Garrulax maximus
237. Plain Laughingthrush Garrulax davidi
238. Moustached Laughingthrush Garrulax cineraceus
239. White-browed Laughingthrush Garrulax sannio
240. Elliot's Laughingthrush Garrulax elliotii
241. Black-faced Laughingthrush Garrulax affinis
242. Red-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax formosus
243. Hwamei Garrulax canorus
244. White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis
245. Omei Shan Liocichla Liocichla omeiensis

246. Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus gravivox
247. Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis
248. Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla – heard only
249. Chinese Wren Babbler Pnoepyga mutica
250. Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps
251. Chinese Babax Babax lanceolatus
252. Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea
253. Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera
254. Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta
255. Green Shrike Babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus
256. Streaked Barwing Actinodura souliei

257. Rufous-tailed Moupinia Moupinia poecilotis

258. Golden-breasted Fulvetta Alcippe chrysotis
259. Chinese Fulvetta Alcippe striaticollis
260. Grey-hooded Fulvetta Alcippe cinereiceps
261. Dusky Fulvetta Alcippe brunnea
262. Rusty-capped Fulvetta Alcippe dubia
263. Gold-fronted Fulvetta Alcippe variegaticeps – heard only
264. Spectacled Fulvetta Fulvetta ruficapilla
265. White-browed Fulvetta Fulvetta vinipectus
266. David's Fulvetta Alcippe davidi

267. Black-headed Sibia Heterophasia desgodinsi

268. White-collared Yuhina Yuhina diademata
269. Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis
270. Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta
271. Rufous-vented Yuhina Yuhina occipitalis

272. Great Parrotbill Conostoma aemodium
273. Brown Parrotbill Paradoxornis unicolor
274. Three-toad Parrotbill Paradoxornis paradoxus
275. Spot-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis guttaticollis
276. Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora webbianus
277. Ashy-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora alphonsianus
278. Brown-winged Parrotbill Sinosuthora brunneus
279. Fulvous Parrotbill Suthora fulvifrons - heard
280. Grey-hooded Parrotbill Paradoxornis gularis
281. Golden Parrotbill Sinothura verreauxi
282. Spectacled Parrotbill Sinosuthora conspicillat

283. Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
284. Elwe’s Horned Lark Eremophila elwesi
285. Tibetan Lark Melanocorypha maxima

286. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus

287. Mrs Gould's Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae
288. Forktailed Sunbird Aethopyga christinae

289. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
290. House Sparrow Passer montanus
291. Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans
292. Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
293. White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata

294. White-rumped Snowfinch Pyrgilauda taczanowskii
295. Rufous-necked Snowfinch Pyrgilauda ruficollis
296. Black-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla adamsi

297. White Wagtail Motacilla alba
298. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
299. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola

300. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
301. Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus
302. Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii

303. Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
304. Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata
305. Maroon-backed Accentor Prunella immaculata
306. Robin Accentor Prunella rubeculoides

307. Grey-capped Greenfinch Carduelis sinica
308. Black-capped Greenfinch Carduelis ambigua
309. Tibetan Serin Carduelis thibetana
310. Twite Carduelis flavirost
311. Plain Mountain-Finch Leucosticte nemoricola
312. Brandt’s Mountain Finch Leucosticte brandti

313. Przewalski’s Finch Urocynchramus pylzowi

314. Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
315. Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis
316. Pink-rumped Rosefinch Carpodacus eos
317. Sharpe’s Rosefinch Carpodacus verreauxii
318. Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus
319. Chinese White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus dubius
320. Red-faced Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus
321. Three-banded Rosefinch Carpodacus trifasciatus
322. Long-tailed Rosefinch Uragus sibiricus

323. Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca

324. White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes
325. Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis

326. Slaty Bunting Latoucheornis siemsseni

327. Godlewski's Bunting Emberiza godlewskii
328. Elegant Bunting Emberiza elegans
329. Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala
330. Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla


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