Sichuan lies at the eastern edge of the Tibetan High Plateau and south of the Qinlin Mountain Range. There are about 650 species of birds recorded in Sichuan. Most are resident, some are summer visitors and some are migrants. Sichuan features 37 endemic bird species which comprises of almost two thirds of the endemic birds of the whole of China. Game birds and Laughing thrushes rank top of Sichuan’s "speciality" birds.
Not only does Sichuan offer the best opportunities for seeing China’s prime specialities, but due to the great diversity of its habitats, ranging from the subtropical lowlands of the Red Basin and rich evergreen foothill forests to cool temperate zone forests, alpine meadows and dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, the province has a remarkable wealth of birds in general. Some of the important birding sites we will visit are:
Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. Because of staying on higher altitudes a good health and experiences with higher altitudes is required.
High Mountain Ranges: We will visit, amongst others, Mengbi mountain range which offer numerous bird species, especially in the vicinity of the Monasteries or Sacred mountains where the animal world is still totally unspoilt. Poachers do not dare to hunt and kill within these territories because of the religious consequences!
Grasslands of the Tibetan High Plateau: In general, many birds living within the grasslands depend on water and thus prefer areas with abundant water resources such as wetlands, marshlands or meandering streams. The most highly recommended site is the huge wetland in Ruoergai and Hong Yuan.
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Almost 500 species of birds have been reported in Tibet and about 18 nature reserves have been established.
This extension combines the visit to some of the cultural highlights of Tibet with some days of birding. Traveling around will provide you with an impression of the spectacular scenery.