Passerine List – revised February 2021

 

Species

 

Location

Cuckooshrikes and Minivets

1.        

Black-winged Cuckooshrike

Coracina melaschistos

farmland with tall trees – commoner in south

2.        

Swinhoe's Minivet

Pericrocotus cantonensis

Lower farmland/woodland areas with taller trees – fairly widespread – breeds Dujianyang area

3.        

Rosy Minivet

Pericrocotus roseus

South Sichuan

4.        

Grey-chinned Minivet

Pericrocotus solaris

Rare – South Sichuan

5.        

Long-tailed Minivet

Pericrocotus ethologus

widespread– the common minivet

6.        

Short-billed Minivet

Pericrocotus brevirostris

Uncommon

Shrike Babblers

7.        

Blyth’s Shrike Babbler

Pteruthius flaviscapis

Commoner south - Emei, Wawu area, Wolong, Erlang, S Sichuan

8.        

Green Shrike Babbler

Pteruthius xanthochlorus

Fairly widespread - Emei, Wawu area, Moxi, Tangjiahe

Old Word Orioles

9.        

Black-naped Oriole

Oriolus chinensis

Farmland with tall trees – Sichuan Basin

10.      

Silver Oriole

Oriolus mellianus

South East Sichuan - Dailangshan region - rare

Drongos

11.      

Black Drongo

Dicrurus macrocercus

Widespread on farmland – must be decreasing with increased agricultural intensification and use of chemicals

12.      

Ashy Drongo

Dicrurus leucophaeus

Local – birds in central and northern Sichuan pale faced ssp

13.      

Hair-crested Drongo

Dicrurus hottentottus

Common in basin forest habitat like Emei, Qinchengshan

Fantails

14.      

White –throated Fantail

Rhipidura albicollis

South Sichuan

Monarch Flycatchers

15.      

Amur Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone incei

 Local - lowland farm and parkland

Shrikes

16.      

Tiger shrike

Lanius tigrinus

Sichuan Basin, farmland - fairly widespread

17.      

Brown shrike

Lanius cristatus

Farmland – uncommon

18.      

Bull-headed Shrike

Lanius bucephalus

Uncommon winter/passage – range maps indicate the possibility of breeding in very north of Sichuan

19.      

Long-tailed Shrike

Lanius schach

Widespread - Sichuan Basin – farmland, urban parks

20.      

Grey-backed Shrike

Lanius tephronotus

Widespread at higher elevations

21.      

Chinese Grey Shrike

Lanius sphenocercus

Winter visitor - Ruoergai

22.      

Tibetan Grey Shrike

Lanius giganteus

Uncommon. local resident - plateau

 Crows, Jays and Magpies 

23.      

Sichuan Jay

Garrulus glandarius

Mengbi, Baxi, JZ

24.      

Eurasian Jay

Perisoreus internigrans

Widespread

25.      

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Urocissa erythrorhyncha

Widespread

26.      

White-winged Magpie

Urocissa whiteheadi

South Sichuan - Dailangshan region - rare

27.      

Azure-winged Magpie

Cyanopica cyana

Ruoergai area

28.      

Common Magpie

Pica pica

Tibetan Plateau – local in the basin

29.      

Indochinese Green Magpie

Cissa hypoleuca

Uncommon Daliangshan region

30.      

Grey Treepie

Dendrocitta formosae

Emei, Bifeng

31.      

Spotted Nutcracker

Nucifraga caryocatactes

Widespread Alpine forest - common Erlang

32.      

Red-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Widespread Plateau and alpine areas

33.      

Yellow-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax graculus

Balang

34.      

Daurian Jackdaw

Corvus dauurica

Tibetan Plateau - Ruoergai area

35.      

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone

Alpine habitats

36.      

Large-billed Crow

Corvus macrorhynchos

Local – generally lower than carrion – commoner in south and west of Sichuan Basin area

37.      

Collared Crow

Corvus pectoralis

Very local - Pingwu, Tangjiahe areas – used to be in Chengdu area pre 1995 – huge population fall

38.      

Rook

Corvus frugilegus

Rare visitor – status uncertain – former resident

39.      

Northern Raven

Corvus corax

Tibetan Plateau

Fairy Flycatchers

40.      

Yellow-bellied Fantail

Chelidorhynx hypoxantha

Local South Sichuan

41.      

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher

Culicicapa ceylonensis

Widespread summer

Tits

42.      

Hume's Ground Tit

Pseudopodoces humilis

Tibetan Plateau – common Ruoergai area

43.      

Fire-capped Tit

Cephalopyrus flammiceps

Uncommon - Wawu/Longcanggou, Erlang

44.      

Sichuan Tit

Poecile weigoldicus

Widespread – alpine/plateau species

45.      

Black-bibbed Tit

Poecile hypermelaenus

Uncommon – reported Chengdu, Erlang, N Sichuan

46.      

Pere David’s Tit

Poecile davidi

Local - Emei, Wawu, Moxi, Erlang, Wolong, JZ

47.      

White-browed Tit

Poecile superciliosus

Ruoergai

48.      

Rufous-vented Tit

Periparus rubidiventris

Widespread alpine species – Balang, Mengbi, Baxi

49.      

Coal Tit

Periparus ater

Widespread

50.      

Yellow-bellied Tit

Periparus venustulus

Widespread – lower woodland, parkland

51.      

Grey-crested Tit

Lophophanes dichrous

Widespread alpine species – Balang, Mengbi, Baxi

52.      

Japanese Great Tit

Parus minor

Widespread

53.      

Green-backed Tit

Parus monticolus

Widespread

54.      

Yellow-cheeked Tit

Parus spilonotus

Southern Sichuan – Loajunshan

55.      

Yellow-browed Tit

Sylviparus modestus

Widespread - Emei, Wawu, Erlang, Moxi

Larks

56.      

Asian Short-toed Lark

Calandrella cheleensis

Uncommon passage

57.      

Greater Short-toed Lark

Calandrella brachydactyla

Uncommon passage

58.      

Oriental Skylark

Alauda gulgula

Widespread Tibetan Grasslands – winter/passage Sichuan Basin

59.      

Horned Lark

Eremophila alpestris

Widespread Tibetan Grasslands – ssp Elwesi

60.      

Tibetan Lark

Melanocorypha maxima

Local – wet areas Tibetan grasslands - Ruoergai, Litang

Cisticolas and Prinias

61.      

Plain Prinia

Prinia inornata

Widespread - long grass – lower basin farmland, riverine habitat

62.      

Swinhoe's Prinia

Prinia striata

Dry grassy slopes – fairly widespread

63.      

Hill Prinia

Prinia superciliaris

South Sichuan

64.      

Grey-breasted Prinia

Prinia hodgsonii

South Sichuan

65.      

Zitting Cisticola

Cisticola juncidis

Locally common –long grass type vegetation, riverine habitat

Reed Warblers

66.      

Oriental Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus orientalis

Local summer breeding

67.      

Blunt-winged Warbler

Acrocephalus orientalis

Historic passage recordings – status uncertain

Grasshopper Warblers

68.      

Spotted Bush Warbler

Locustella thoracicus

Wawu area, Balang, JZ area, Dujyuan

69.      

David’s Bush Warbler

Locustella davidi

Balang, JZ, Tangjiahe

70.      

Brown Bush Warbler

Locustella luteoventris

Wawu /Longcanggou, Wolong

71.      

Russet Bush Warbler

Locustella seebohmi

Wawu/Longcanggou, Emei

72.      

Sichuan Bush Warbler

Locustella  chengi

Longcanggou, Emei

Cupwings

73.      

Pygmy Cupwing

Pnoepyga albiventer

Widespread - moist, dark habitats – fairly common – mostly heard

74.      

Chinese Cupwing

Pnoepyga mutica

Fairly widespread breeder at higher moister woodlands – winter lower – breeds at higher elevation than Pygmy

Swallows and Martins

75.      

Sand Martin

Riparia riparia

Rivers in the basin – large wintering flocks

76.      

Grey-throated Martin

Riparia chinensis

South Sichuan - breeds

77.      

Pale Martin

Riparia diluta

Tibetan Plateau

78.      

Eurasian Crag-Martin

Pytonoprogne rupestris

Widespread - Balang, Mengbi, JZ (nests on ticket office)

79.      

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Widespread

80.      

Red-rumped Swallow

Cecropis daurica

Widespread

81.      

Asian House-Martin

Delichon dasypus

Widespread - Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, Moxi, JZ – mostly cliff breeder but also buildings

Bulbuls

82.      

Collared Finchbill

Spizixos semitorques

Widespread – farmland/scrub

83.      

Crested Finchbill

Spizixos canifrons

South Sichuan

84.      

Brown-breasted Bulbul

Pycnonotus xanthorrhous

Widespread – farmland/scrub

85.      

Chinese Bulbul

Pycnonotus sinensis

Widespread – basin towns and farmland - Chengdu

86.      

Himalayan Black Bulbul

Hypsipetes leucocephalus

Fairly widespread - Emei, Wawu area, Qingchengshan

87.      

Mountain Bulbul

Ixos mcclellandii

Fairly widespread –forested areas in basin – Emei area, Bifeng

88.      

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Pycnonotus jocosus

Uncommon - Emei, Qinchengshan

89.      

Sooty-headed Bulbul

Pycnonotus aurigaster

South Sichuan

  Leaf Warblers

90.      

Dusky Warbler

Phylloscopus fuscatus

Dense scrub Ruoergai, JZ area - passage

91.      

Alpine Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus occisinensis

Widespread many alpine areas above treeline – highest found leaf warbler

92.      

Buff-throated Warbler

Phylloscopus subaffinis

Bellow tree-line - Balang, Erlang, Moxi

93.      

Buff-barred Warbler

Phylloscopus pulcher

Widespread – high alpine scrub/forest

94.      

Pallas’s Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus proregulus

Widespread – winter and passage

95.      

Sichuan Leaf-Warbler

Phylloscopus forresti

Widespread – mid level alpine scrub/forest

96.      

Chinese Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus yunnanensis

Wolong area, Baxi, Wanglang, JZ, Pingwu Park – mid level forest

97.      

Hume's Warbler

Phylloscopus humei

Alpine Forest - Mengbi, Baxi, JZ area

98.      

Yellow-browed Warbler

Phylloscopus inornatus

Widespread during winter and passage

99.      

Ashy-throated Warbler

Phylloscopus maculipennis

Wawu area, Emei, Erlang, Southern Sichuan – lower native broad-leaf forest

100.   

Greenish Warbler

Phylloscopus trochiloides

Alpine areas - Emei, Wawu,area, Balang, Mengbi, Baxi area, JZ area

101.   

Two-barred Warbler

Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus

One probable record – exact status as passage species uncertain - rare

102.   

Large-billed Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus magnirostris

Widespread – distinctive song – mid level forest/scrub

103.   

Emei Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus emeiensis

Emei, Wawu area, Erlang Tangjiahe – lower to mid-level forest - difficult to ID if not singing

104.   

Eastern-crowned Warbler

Phylloscopus coronatus

Local -, NE Sichuan

105.   

Kloss's Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus ogilivie-grantii

Widespread - Emei, Wawu area,, Wolong, Erlang, JZ, Pingwu – lower forest will use plantation

106.   

Sulpher-breasted Warbler

Phylloscopus ricketti

Local - Emei, Qingcheng, Yaan area, Wawu area, Pingwu – lower forest and scrub

107.   

Claudia's Leaf-Warbler

Phylloscopus claudia

Widespread - mid level to higher forest

108.   

Yellow-streaked Warbler

Phylloscopus armandii

Alpine scrub – Balang, Baxi, Moxi, Mengbi, JZ area, Ruoergai

109.   

White-spectacled Warbler

Phylloscopus affinis

Emei – lower forest

110.   

Plain-tailed Warbler

Phylloscopus soror

Emei, Wawu area, Erlang, Tangjiahe, - lower scrub/forest

111.   

Marten’s Warbler

Phylloscopus omeiensis

Widespread - Emei, Wawu area, Wolong, Erlang, Moxi, JZ – mid level scrub/bamboo habitat

112.   

Grey-crowned Warbler

Phylloscopus tephrocephalus

Widespread –mid elevation scrub/secondary growth habitat

113.   

Bianch's Warbler

Phylloscopus valentine

Emei, Wawu, Wolong – alpine – higher scrub/bamboo

114.   

Chestnut-crowned Warbler

Phylloscopus castaniceps

Local – Longcanggou, Emei, Qingcheng – lower native broad-leaf forest

Bush Warblers and Allies

115.   

Brown-flanked Bush Warbler

Cettia fortipes

lower farmland and scrub – widespread

116.   

Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler

Cettia major

Local - Emei, Wawu area, Balang, N Sichuan

117.   

Aberrant Bush Warbler

Cettia flavolivaceus

Widespread – Emei, Wawu areas, Balang, JZ

118.   

Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler

Cettia acanthizoides

Widespread – alpine bamboo

119.   

Grey-sided Bush Warbler

Cettia brunnifrons

Local and uncommon - Emei, Wawu, Balang, Erlang

120.   

Chesnut-headed Tesia

Cettia castaneocoronata

Widespread - Emei, Moxi,Wawu area, Wanglang, Tangjiahe

121.   

Manchurian Bush Warbler

Horornis canturians

Recorded passage - rare

122.   

Asian Stubtail

Urosphena squameiceps

Recorded passage - rare

123.   

Grey-bellied Tesia

Tesia cyaniventer

Emei, South Sichuan – rarely recorded

124.   

Rufous-faced Warbler

Abroscopus albogularis

Widespread - lowland farmland/park bamboo thiskets – distinctive call

125.   

Black-faced Warbler

Abroscopus schisticeps

Rare – status uncertain

Bushtits and allies

126.   

Black Throated Bushtit

Aegithalos concinnus

Widespread – common parkland and towns

127.   

Black-browed Bushtit

Aegithalos bonvalotis

Alpine forest – local – Balang (Rilong)

128.   

Sooty Bushtit

Aegithalos fuliginosus

Wanglang, Wolong, JZ, Pingwu – suspected hybridization with Black-browed in Wolong area

129.   

Silver-throated Bushtit

Aegithalos glaucogularis

Uncommon – has been reported Chengdu but all of our sightings come from Baxi area of N Sichuan

130.   

White-browed Tit Warbler

Leptopoecile sophiae

Alpine scrub – widespread

131.   

Crested Tit Warbler

Leptopoecile elegans

Alpine conifer - Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, West of Kangding, JZ

Parrotbills and Allies

132.   

Golden-breasted Fulvetta

Lioparus chrysotis

Local - Emei, Qingchengshan, Wawu area, Wuyipeng, Moxi, Erlang, Tangjiahe

133.   

Rufous-tailed Babbler

Chrysomma poecilotis

Fairly local - Erlang, Moxi, Pamolin Monastery,Xichang area

134.   

Spectacled Fulvetta

Fulvetta ruficapilla

Local - JZ area, Pingwu, South Sichuan

135.   

Chinese Fulvetta

Fulvetta striaticollis

Local - Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, Moxi, Kangding area

136.   

Grey-hooded Fulvetta

Fulvetta cinereiceps

Widespread Alpine habitat – Wawu area, Emei area, Balang

137.   

White-browed Fulvetta

Fulvetta brunnea

Local - Moxi, Erlang, Balang

138.   

Great Parrotbill

Conostoma aemodium

Fairly Widespread alpine forest -Wawu area, Balang, Moxi

139.   

Brown Parrotbill

Paradoxornis unicolor

Local - Wawu area, Wuyipeng, Moxi, Erlang (Labahe)

140.   

Three-toed Parrotbill

Paradoxornis paradoxus

Local - Wawu area, Moxi, Wuyipeng, Erlang (labahe)

141.   

Spot-breasted Parrotbill

Paradoxornis guttaticollis

Widespread - Moxi, Erlang, JZ, Qingchengshan,

142.   

Grey-headed Parrotbill

Paradoxornis gularis

Local - Emei, Wawu area, Bifeng, Qingchengshan, SE Sichuan

143.   

Vinous-throated Parrotbill

Sinosuthora webbianus

Widespread – Sichuan basin – most scrubby, grassy areas

144.   

Ashy-throated Parrotbill

Sinosuthora alphonsianus

Widespread south of Chengdu – Ya’an, Emei, areas – have been reports for Chengdu but dominant species here Vinous-thr

145.   

Brown-winged Parrotbill

Sinosuthora brunneus

South Sichuan – around Xichang – ricketti ssp

146.   

Grey-hooded Parrotbill

Sinosuthora zappeyi

Local - Wawu area, Emei, Erlang

147.   

Fulvous Parrotbill

Suthora fulvifrons

Local - Wawu area, Moxi, Erlang  (Labahe) – alpine forest with bamboo understorey

148.   

Golden Parrotbill

Suthora verreauxi

Local - Emei, Wawu area, Erlang, Qingchengshan

149.   

Spectacled Parrotbill

Sinosuthora conspicillat

Local – Baxi, JZ area

150.   

Rusty-throated Parrotbill

Sinosuthora przewalskii

Tangjiahe – high bamboo in Pingwu, JZ areas but habitat inaccessible

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies

151.   

Black-chinned Yuhina

Yuhina nigrimenta

Fairly widespread - Emei, Wawu area, Bifeng, Qingcheng

152.   

Stripe-throated Yuhina

Yuhina gularis

Local - Emei, Wawu area, Erlang, Moxi, South Sichuan

153.   

White-collared Yuhina

Yuhina diademata

Widespread - Scrub, Plantation secondary forest

154.   

Rufous-collared Yuhina

Yuhina occipitalis

South Sichuan

155.   

IndochineseYuhina

Yuhina torqueola

Local – our records Emei, NE Sichuan

156.   

Chestnut-flanked White-eye

Zosterops erythropleurus

Widespread but far less common than japonicus – Pingwu Park and JZ are good sites

157.   

Japanese White-eye

Zosterops japonicus

Widespread

Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies

158.   

Black-streaked scimitar Babbler

Pomatorhinus gravivox

Widespread - scrubby habitats – common skulker

159.   

Streak-throated Scimitar Babbler

Pomatorhinus ruficollis

Widespread - Lower woodland and scrub – common skulker

160.   

Rufous-capped Babbler

Stachyris ruficeps

Widespread – lower woodland and scrub – common skulker

161.   

Bar-winged Wren Babbler

Spelaeornis troglodytoide

Very local - Emei

Ground Babblers and Allies

162.   

Gold-fronted Fulvetta

Schoeniparus variegaticeps

Uncommon – Wawu/Longcanggou, Erlang, Laojunshan

163.   

Rusty-capped Fulvetta

Schoeniparus dubia

South Sichuan – also seen Moxi area (Luding)

164.   

Dusky Fulvetta

Schoeniparus brunnea

Widespread – overgrown plantation, secondary growth – basin

Alcippe

165.   

David’s Fulvetta

Alcippe davidi

Sichuan Basin, plantation, scrub - widespread

166.   

Yunnan Fulvetta

Alcippe fratercula

Common south Sichuan Xichang area

Laughingthrushes and Allies

167.   

Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush

Ianthocincla sukatschewi

Local - Baxi area, JZ, Wanglang

168.   

Moustached Laughingthrush

Ianthocincla cineraceus

Local - Emei, Wawu area, Qingchengshan, Bifeng, JZ, Pingwu park

169.   

Barred Laughingthrush

Ianthocincla lunulatus

Local - Wolong/Balang,, Moxi, Erlang, Tangjiahe, JZ

170.   

Biet's Laughingthrush

Ianthocincla bieti

Rare - SW Sichuan

171.   

Spotted Laughingthrush

Ianthocincla ocellatus

Local - Wawu area, Wolong/Balang, Moxi, Erlang, Emei

172.   

Giant Laughingthrush

Ianthocincla maximus

Widespread in alpine habitat - Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, JZ

173.   

Red-winged Laughingthrush

Trochalopteron formosus

Local - Wawu /Longcanggou, Emei, Erlang, Qingchengshan

174.   

Black-faced Laughingthrush

Trochalopteron affinis

Local – high alpine – Longcanggou, Erlang, Moxi

175.   

Elliot's Laughingthrush

Trochalopteron elliotii

Widespread and common – alpine areas

176.   

Hwamei

Garrulax canorus

Local - Emei, Wawu area, Bifeng, Tangjiahe area, Pingwu Park

177.   

Grey Laughingthrush

Garrulax maesi

Reported Bifeng – maybe released birds

178.   

Emei Shan Liocichla

Liocichla omeiensis

Local – Emei, Wawu area Erlang (Labahe), Laojunshan

179.   

White-browed Laughingthrush

Pterorhinus sannio

Widespread - Chengdu parks

180.   

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush

Pterorhinus pectoralis

Local – Emei, NE Sichuan

181.   

Buffy Laughingthrush

Pterorhinus berthemyi

Local – Wawu/Longcanggou

182.   

White-throated Laughingthrush

Pterorhinus albogularis

Local - Laojunshan, Longcanggou, Tangjiahe

183.   

Plain Laughingthrush

Pterorhinus davidi

Local -  Ruoergai, Baxi

184.   

Chinese Babax

Pterorhinus lanceolatus

Fairly widespread - Wolong, Erlang, Pingwu area

185.   

Blue-winged Minla

Actinodura ignotincta

Commoner south - Emei,Wawu area, South Sichuan

186.   

Red-tailed Minla

Actinodura cyanouroptera

Local - Emei, Wawu area

187.   

Bar-throated Minla

Actinodura strigula

South Sichuan

188.   

Streaked Barwing

Actinodura souliei

Uncommon - Moxi, Erlang, Laojunshan, Longcanggou

189.   

Black-headed Sibia

Heterophasia desgodinsi

Commoner south - Emei, Qingchengshan, Bifeng, South Sichuan

190.   

Red-billed Leothrix

Leiothrix lutea

Widespread - Emei,Wawu area, Wolong, Qingchengshan

Kinglets

191.   

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

Alpine conifer - widespread

Wallcreeper

192.   

Wallcreeper

Tichodroma muraria

Fairly widespread - Balang, Moxi, Pass between Baxi and JZ

Nuthatches

193.   

Eurasian Nuthatch

Sitta europaea

Status Uncertain – confusion with identification from Chestnut-vented – N Sichuan

194.   

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch

Sitta nagaensis

Fairly widespread - Emei, Wawu, Wolong, Moxi, Erlang

195.   

Chinese Nuthatch

Sitta villosa

Local N Sichuan – JZ and Baxi area

196.   

Przewalski's Nuthatch

Sitta przewalskii

Alpine forest - Balang, Erlang, Mengbi, Baxi, JZ

197.   

Yunnan Nuthatch

Sitta yunnanensis

Southern Sichuan – around Xichang, have seen Pamolin

198.   

Giant Nuthatch

Sitta magna

South Sichuan Rare

Treecreepers

199.   

Hodgson's Treecreeper

Certhia hodgsoni

Widespread in higher forest

200.   

Sichuan Treecreeper

Certhia tianquanensis

Local - Emei, Wawu,area, Moxi

201.   

Bar-tailed Treecreeper

Certhia himalayana

Alpine forest - Baxi ,JZ, Songpang area  - winter lower

Wrens

202.   

Eurasian Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Fairly widespread – high altitude species

Dippers

203.   

Brown Dipper

Cinclus pallasii

Fairly widespread – cleaner rivers, streams

204.   

White-throated Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

Higher rivers, streams - plateau

Starlings

205.   

Daurian Starling

Sturnus sturninus

Ruoergai area – uncommon urban breeding bird

206.   

White-cheeked Starling

Sturnus sericeus

Rouergai  -passage  Sichuan Basin – winter/passage

207.   

Silky Starling

Sturnus cineraceus

Breeds Sichuan Basin – local

208.   

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Uncommon passage/winter bird –in white-cheeked flocks Plateau, Xichang

209.   

Crested Myna

Acridotheres cristatellus

Widespread – Sichuan Basin

210.   

Black-collared Starling

Gracupica nigricollis

Local – was a population in South Chengdu

Thrushes and Allies

211.   

Long-tailed Thrush

Zoothera dixoni

Alpine Forest - Balang, Mengbi, Baxi

212.   

Alpine Thrush

Zoothera mollissima

Above tree-line – Balang

213.   

Sichuan Forest Thrush

Zoothera griseiceps

Mid-level forest – Balang, Longchangou

214.   

Scaly Thrush

Zoothera dauma

Uncommon breeding - Balang

215.   

White’s Thrush

Zoothera aurea

Uncommon winter/passage

216.   

Orange-headed Thrush

Geokichla citrina

Uncommon passage

217.   

Siberian Thrush

Geokichla sibirica

Rare passage

218.   

Chinese Blackbird

Turdus mandarinus

Chengdu,Sichuan Basin– widespread

219.   

Grey-winged Blackbird

Turdus boulboul

Emei, Wawu, Erlang, Qingchengshan

220.   

Chestnut Thrush

Turdus rubrocanus

Widespread and common alpine forest

221.   

Chinese Thrush

Turdus mupinensis

Easiest to see in JZ area – more widespread in winter

222.   

Japanese Thrush

Turdus cardis

Rare passage

223.   

Red-throated Thrush

Turdus ruficollis

Winter and passage

224.   

Black-breasted Thrush

Turdus dissimilis

Breeds Southern Sichuan

225.   

Kessler's Thrush

Turdus kessleri

Widespread plateau and high alpine areas

226.   

Grey-sided Thrush

Turdus feae

Rare passage

227.   

Gray-backed Thrush

Turdus hortulorum

Rare passage

228.   

Eyebrowed Thrush

Turdus obscurus

Rare passage

229.   

Dusky Thrush

Turdus euonmus

Fairly common - winter and passage

230.   

Naumann’s Thrush

Turdus naumanni

Fairly common -winter and passage

231.   

Purple Cochoa

Cochoa purpurea

Rare - Emei, old report Wuyipeng

232.   

Grandala

Grandala coelicolor

Breeds on high scree over 4000m -Balang, Zhedoushan (Kangding), Huanglong – winter flocks on buckthorn

 Old World Flycatchers

233.   

Blue Whistling Thrush

Myophonus caeruleus

Widespread – moist valleys – both black and yellow-billed

234.   

Blue Rock-Thrush

Monticola solitarius

Widespread – arid areas

235.   

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush

Monticola rufiventris

Local – more widespread winter

236.   

White-throated rock Thrush

Monticola gularis

Rare passage

237.   

Chinesew Shortwing

Brachypteryx sinensis

Widespread in areas of lush forest at mid elevations

238.   

Lesser Shortwing

Brachypteryx leucophris

Rare passage

239.   

Gould’s Shortwing

Heteroxenicus stellata

Mostly seen as rare passage – breeds on scree slopes above treeline -breeding areas inaccessible

240.   

Himalayan Bluetail

Tarsiger rufilatus

Widespread Alpine forest – Sichuan Basin winter

241.   

Orange-flanked Bluetail

Tarsiger cyanurus

Fairly common passage and winter

242.   

White-browed Bush Robin

Tarsiger indicus

Fairly widespread – our records Emei, Longcanggou, Erlang

243.   

Golden Bush Robin

Tarsiger chrysaeus

Fairly widespread - Balang Wawu, Moxi,

244.   

Indian Blue Robin

Larvivora brunnea

Widespread

245.   

Rufous-headed Robin

Larvivora ruficeps

Records from 2019 and 2020 breeding seasons show this bird to be present at 3 sites

246.   

Siberian Blue Robin

Larvivora cyane

Passage

247.   

Rufous-tailed Robin

Larvivora sibilans

Rare passage

248.   

Firethroat

Calliope pectardens

Wuyipeng, Balang, Erlang

249.   

Blackthroat

Calliope obscura

Historic records in JZ area – rare but regular passage – sometimes stays in breeding areas with Firethroat – has been recorded during breeding season at Wuyipeng

250.   

Himalayan Rubythroat

Calliope pectoralis

Locally common high alpine above tree level - Balang, Moxi, Zhedoushan

251.   

Siberian Rubythroat

Calliope calliope

Locally common –alpine scrub/forest - JZ, Baxi  - passage in basin

252.   

Bluethroat

Luscinia svecica

Uncommon Passage

253.   

White-bellied Redstart

Luscinia phoenicuroides

Wawu area, Wolong, Moxi, Erlang, Baxi, Wangling, JZ area – Widspread

254.   

White-tailed Robin

Myiomela leucurum

Fairly widespread - Wawu/Loncanggou, Erlang

255.   

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher

Rhinomyias brunneatus

Uncommon - Emei

256.   

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Muscicapa dauurica

Passage

257.   

Dark-sided Flycatcher

Muscicapa sibirica

Common – mid level/ Alpine forest

258.   

Brown-breasted Flycatcher

Muscicapa muttui

Fairly widespread - Wolong, Pingwu – lower woodland

259.   

Ferruginous Flycatcher

Muscicapa ferruginea

Fairly widespread – Emei, Wawu/Longcanggou, Qingchengshan – lower native forest

260.   

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher

Ficedula strophiata

Alpine forest – fairly-common Longcanggou/JZ

261.   

Taiga Flycatcher

Ficedula albicilla

Common passage

262.   

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher

Ficedula zanthopygia

Basin areas with mature trees

263.   

Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Ficedula hyperythra

Lower Wawu areas – passage

264.   

Ultramarine Flycatcher

Ficedula superciliaris

Uncommon – our records Longcanggou, Tangjiahe, JZ, Mengbi

265.   

Slaty-Blue Flycatcher

Ficedula tricolor

Local – our records Wawu area, Wolong, JZ area

266.   

Slaty-backed Flycatcher

Ficedula hodgsonii

Widespread alpine forest – easily picked up through song

267.   

Verditer Flycatcher

Eumyias thalassina

Fairly widespread – Wawu area, Erlang area

268.   

Chinese Blue Flycatcher

Cyornis glaucicomans

Widespread –Wawu area , Emei area, Qingcheng, Pingwu  Park

269.   

Hill Blue Flycatcher

Cyornis banyumas

South Sichuan

270.   

Zappey’s Flycatcher

Cyanoptila cumatilis

Local to N Sichuan – our records Tangjiahe, Pingwu Park, Pingwu area

271.   

Fujian Niltava

Niltava davidi

Emei, Wawu/Longcanggou, Wolong Erlang

272.   

Rufous-bellied Niltava

Niltava sundara

JZ

273.   

Vivid Niltava

Niltava vivida

Reported Emei – passage

274.   

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros

Widespread Plateau species -Ruoergai grasslands. Litang

275.   

White-throated Redstart

Phoenicurus auroreus

Widespread alpine areas - Balang, Moxi, Mengbi, Baxi, JZ

276.   

Hodgson's Redstart

Phoenicurus hodgsoni

Widespread Tibetan areas – winter Sichuan basin

277.   

Daurian Redstart

Phoenicurus auroreus

Widespread Sichuan Basin – farmland, close to buildings

278.   

Blue-fronted Redstart

Phoenicurus frontalis

Widespread Alpine areas – winter Sichuan basin

279.   

White-winged Redstart

Phoenicurus erythrogaster

Winter visitor Ruoergai and Tagong area – occasionally seen summer Balang

280.   

White-capped Water-Redstart

Chaimarrornis leucocephal

Widespread – winter influx Sichuan Basin

281.   

Plumbeous Water-Redstart

Rhyacornis fuliginosus

Widespread on rivers and streams

282.   

Little Forktail

Enicurus scouleri

Local - Emei,,Bifeng, Wawu area, Tangjiahe

283.   

Slaty-backed Forktail

Enicurus schistaceus

Local -Emei,  Bifeng, Qingchengshan

284.   

White-crowned Forktail

Enicurus leschenaulti

Most widespread of Forktails – clean mountain streams even of clean fast flowing lowland streams with moist forest/scrub

285.   

Spotted Forktail

Enicurus maculatus

Local - Longcanggou, Bifeng, Qingchengshan, Tiantai

286.   

Blue-fronted Robin

Cinclidium frontale

Local - Moxi

287.   

Grey Bushchat

Saxicola ferrea

Widespread summer migrant – often seen on wires mid-level farmland

288.   

Pied Bushchat

Saxicola caprata

Common in parts of Southern Sichuan - farmland

289.   

Siberian Stonechat

Saxicola maurus

Plateau breeder - Rouergai – widespread passage

290.   

Oriental Magpie Robin

Copsychus saularis

Widespread - farmland, villages and towns

Waxwings

291.   

Japanese waxwing

Bombycilla japonica

Occasional winter visitor – locally common eruption years

 Flowerpeckers

292.   

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Dicaeum ignipectus

Local - Emei, Erlang, Qingchengshan – winters Chengdu

293.   

Plain Flowedpecker

Dicaeum minullum

Uncommon – summer migrant

294.   

Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker

Dicaeum melanoxanthum

Uncommon – Moxi, Erlang area

Sunbirds

295.   

Mrs Gould's Sunbird

Aethopyga gouldiae

Widespread summer migrant – most common alpine areas

296.   

Forktailed Sunbird

Aethopyga christinae

Local – Emei NE Sichuan

297.   

Fire-tailed Sunbird

Aethopyga ignicauda

Recorded once Xichang area – range maps have species nudging into SW Sichuan.

Waxbills and Allies

298.   

White-rumped Munia

Lonchura striata

Widespread Sichuan Basin

299.   

Scaly-breasted Munia

Lonchura punctulata

Southern Sichuan - Chengdu

Old World Sparrows

300.   

Russet Sparrow

Passer rutilans

Fairly local – around farms/villages

301.   

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus

Widespread– all urban areas, farmland

302.   

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Uncommon - Ruoergai area – winter Sichuan Basin, rivers

303.   

Black-winged Snowfinch

Montifringilla adamsi

Fairly widespread Tibetan Plateau - Rouergai, Litang

304.   

Henri’s Snowfinch

Montifringilla henrici

Plateau – found in Serqu area – recorded Ruoergai winter

305.   

White-rumped Snowfinch

Pyrgilauda taczanowskii

Widespread Tibetan Plateau where there are pika colonies - Ruoergai grasslands

306.   

Rufous-necked Snowfinch

Pyrgilauda ruficollis

Widespread Tibetan Plateau – also cavity nester associated with Pikas

307.   

Rock Petronia

Petronia petronia

Plateau species - Rouergai - quarries

Accentors

308.   

Alpine Accentor

Prunella collaris

Local - high alpine - Balang

309.   

Rufous-breasted Accentor

Prunella strophiata

Widespread Alpine habitat – winters into basin

310.   

Maroon-backed Accentor

Prunella immaculata

Local summer – alpine conifer forest Balang,Baxi, JZ area – winter more widespread Sichuan Basin

311.   

Robin Accentor

Prunella rubeculoides

Fairly widespread – Ruoergai area, west of Kanding

312.   

Brown Accentor

Prunella fulvescens

Local – west of Kangding, SW Sichuan

Wagtails and Pipits

313.   

White Wagtail

Motacilla alba

Widespread - alboides resident and common - other races passage

314.   

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Widespread

315.   

Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla citreola

Local Tib plateau -Ruoergai, Litang – Sichuan basin passage

316.   

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla  tschutschensis

Fairly uncommon Passage

317.   

Forest Wagtail

Dendronanthus indicus

Fairly widespread – lower farmland and parks

318.   

Olive-backed Pipit

Anthus hodgsoni

Emei, Wawu (bottom, middle) – widespread – breeds alpine areas winters in basin

319.   

Water Pipit

Anthus spinoletta

Breeding alpine habitat – Passage/ winter Sichuan rivers

320.   

Buff-bellied Pipit

Anthus rubescens

Winter/passage – Sichuan rivers

321.   

Rosy Pipit

Anthus roseatus

Widespread high alpine - Moxi, Balang, higher mountain passes

322.   

Richard’s Pipit

Anthus richardi

Fairly uncommon Passage/migrant

323.   

Blyth’s Pipit

Anthus godlewskii

Fairly common on plateau during passage

324.   

Red-throated Pipit

Anthus cervinus

Uncommon passage

325.   

Upland Pipit

Anthus sylvanus

Uncommon breeding migrant South Sichuan

Finches and allies

326.   

Brambling

Fringilla montifringilla

Widespread winter

327.   

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

Rare – status uncertain but we have seen twice Labahe

328.   

Grey-capped Greenfich

Carduelis sinica

Widespread Sichuan basin - lower farmland/plantation

329.   

Black-headed Greenfinch

Carduelis ambigua

South Sichuan - Moxi, Erlang

330.   

Eurasian Siskin

Carduelis spinus

Widespread winter visitor

331.   

Tibetan Siskin

Carduelis thibetana

Local alpine forest - Baxi area, JZ – winter seen Wawu, Wolong

332.   

Twite

Carduelis flavirost

Widespread Tibetan Plateau

333.   

Brown Bullfinch

Pyrrhula nipalensis

Wawu area,  Emei – can be seen winter flocks – some years more common, eruption species

334.   

Grey-headed Bullfinch

Pyrrhula erythaca

Widespread - Wawu area, Wolong, Balang,, Baxi, Moxi JZ area

335.   

Crimson-browed Finch

Propyrrhula subhimachala

Uncommon - Balang, Mengbi, Moxi

336.   

Hawfinch

Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Rare – winter visitor – we have seen once at Labahe

337.   

Chinese Grosbeak

Eophona migratoria

Widespread Sichuan Basin - Chengdu parks

338.   

Japanese Grosbeak

Eophona personata

Rare winter/passage

339.   

Collared Grosbeak

Mycerobas affinis

Fairly uncommon - Wawu area, Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, JZ area

340.   

White-winged Grosbeak

Mycerobas carnipes

Widespread – Balang, Mengbi, JZ area, Baxi

341.   

Spot-winged Grosbeak

Mycerobas melanozanthos

Local – breeds Wolong area

342.   

Common Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

Widespread - Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, JZ

343.   

Prezwalkski’s Finch

Urocynchramus pylzowi

NW Sichuan – Ruoergai – birds regularly seen from 2014

344.   

Blanford’s Rosefich

Agraphospiza rubescens

Uncommon – recorded Emei, Tangjiahe

345.   

Dark-breasted Rosefinch

Procarduelis nipalensis

Local - Emei, Moxi, Balang, JZ

346.   

Plain Mountain Finch

Leucosticte nemoricola

Fairly widespread high mountain areas, winter flocks Ruoergai

347.   

Brandt's Mountain Finch

Leucosticte brandti

Local - Balang,and other high road passes over 4000m - Ruoergai (winter)

348.   

Long-tailed Rosefinch

Carpodacus sibiricus

Local - Danba area, JZ, Erlang

349.   

Common Rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus

Widespread alpine habitats – winter/passage in the basin

350.   

Dark-rumped Rosefinch

Carpodacus edwardsii

Uncommon - Erlang, Moxi, Wolong

351.   

Sharpe's Rosefinch

Carpodacus verreauxii

Uncommon - Moxi, Erlang, Balang/Wolong

352.   

Three-banded Rosefinch

Carpodacus trifasciatus

Uncommon  - Moxi, Balang, Mengbi, Baxi, JZ area,

353.   

Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch

Carpodacus davidianus

On eastern edge of range – best ID’ed by vocalizations

354.   

Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch

Carpodacus pulcherrimus

On western edge of range –best ID’ed by vocalizations

355.   

Pink-rumped Rosefich

Carpodacus eos

Widespread – alpine habitats

356.   

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Carpodacus vinaceus

Widespread – one of the lower rosefiches- readily comes to owlet call

357.   

Red-fronted Rosefinch

Carpodacus puniceus

Local – Balang over 4000m

358.   

Chinese White-browed Rosefinch

Carpodacus dubius

Widespread – alpine habitats

359.   

Striated Rosefinch

Carpodacus rubicilloides

Fairly widespread high alpine – Balang, Mengbi

Longspurs

360.   

Lapland Longspur

Calcarius lapponicus

We’ve recorded autumn 2019 – rare – inside wintering rage that extends into C China from NE

Buntings

361.   

Slaty Bunting

Enbiriza siemsseni

Widespread - Emei, Wawu area, Wolong, JZ, Pingwu, Tangjiahe

362.   

Crested Bunting

Emberiza lathami

South Sichuan – local in the basin

363.   

Yellow-browed Bunting

Emberiza chrysophrys

Rare few records – status uncertain

364.   

Yellow-breasted Bunting

Emberiza aureola

Historic records but none post 1995- formerly passage migrant

365.   

Pallas’s Reed Bunting

Emberiza pallasi

Rare – photographic evidence of winter birds – status uncertain

366.   

Godlewski's Bunting

Emberiza godlewskii

Widespread – Balang (Rilong), Baxi, JZ area

367.   

Black-faced Bunting

Emberiza spodocephala

Local – JZ area, lower wet area with scrub

368.   

Pine Bunting

Emberiza leucocephalos

Winter visitor Ruoergai – stragglers until

369.   

Meadow Bunting

Emberiza cioides

Local – drier farmland – Pingwu area

370.   

Chestnut-eared Bunting

Emberiza fucata

Uncommon passage

371.

Tibetan Bunting

Emberiza koslowi

Tibetan Plateau bordering Qinghai - very local - but found at two sites

372.   

Tristram’s Bunting

Emberiza tristrami

Uncommon winter visitor/passage – weve seen NE Sichuan, Labahe (passage) and Dujiangyan area

373.   

Elegant Bunting

Emberiza elegans

Widespread - Lower farmland

374.   

Little Bunting

Emberiza pusilla

Widespread winter/passage

Omission: Cisticolas and Prinias

375.

Common Tailorbird

Orthotomus sutorius

Southern Sichuan