TripReports China Tibet and Sichuan 2011

Red-PandaThis Trip Report tells you our experiences of our first visit ever to China. We made this "Recce Tour" in June 2011, accompanied by 5 brave fellow travellers

Tour Leader : Pieter Verheij

Local Guide : Tang Jun.

The setup of this Trip Report is a bit different than you are used to. Read about our experiences by means of a photo presentation. Just click on the arrows on the left and right hand side of the photo to find your way and to read how it went. (see printable version)
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The first bird of this tour, the Light-vented Bulbul seen in Baihua Tan Park
White-browed Laughingthrush, a very common bird in Chengdu
Giant Panda in Panda Breeding Research Center in Chengdu
Pheasant-tailed Jacana seen on the lake near Chengdu
Our first impression of the Scenery in Tibet
A youg Lammergeier flying close over
Namtso salt water Lake at an Altitude of 4.712 m
Very Basic hotel on the road back to Lhasa
One of our fellow travellers on a bridge with Praying Flags
Tibetan Patridge, seen at the Monastery in Xiongse Valley
Long-tailed Minivet, nicely posing for us en route to Wawushan
Darjeeling Woodpecker, seen alomg the road in Wawushan National Park
The Cable cabins bring us to the Summit of Wawushan
The Grey-hooded Parrotbill is one of the Parrotbill species found on the Summit
This Oriental Honey Buzzard flying over the mountains
After a long day driving we were luckey to see a pair of Wallcreepers
White-eared Pheasant on Balangshan while looking for Chinese Monal
Highlight of the day was for most of us the White-tailed Rubythroat
White-browed Rosefinch on Balangshan
White-throated Redstart giving us fantastic photo opportunities
Dense fog on different altitudes on Balangshan slopes
What a beauty is the Grandala, coming down for us from high altitudes
A Tibetan house on our way to Maerkang
Rufous-breasted Accentor posing for the Photographers
Black Woodpecker in Denghi Forest
A pair of Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers along the road to Ruoergai
A Yak driver is trying to control some of the Yaks
Black-necked Cranes around Ruoergai
Saker Falcon near Ruoergai
Chestnut Thrush a very common bird in Sichuan
White-browed Rosefinches (photo is female) in Gonggangling Forest
Last day to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sichuan
Bird List - Page 1 of 15 - Blood Pheasant
Bird List - Page 2 of 15 - Himalaya Griffon Vulture
Bird List - Page 3 of 15 - Upland Buzzard
Bird List - Page 4 of 15 - Snow Pigeon
Bird List - Page 5 of 15 - Little Owl
Bird List - Page 6 of 15 - Grey-backed Shrike
Bird List - Page 7 of 15 - Rufous-vented Tit
Bird List - Page 8 of 15 - Oriental Skylark
Bird List - Page 9 of 15 - Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Bird List - Page 10 of 15 - Streak-throated Fulvetta
Bird List - Page 11 of 15 - Kessler's Thrush
Bird List - Page 12 of 15 - White-capped Water Redstart
Bird List - Page 13 of 15 - Alpine Accentor
Bird List - Page 14 of 15 - Rosy Pipit
Bird List - Page 15 of 15 - Brown Accentor
Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu - Sichuan

Wednesday 8th of June

We arrived at Chengdu airport at 12.15hrs on a KLM flight from Amsterdam. Our connecting flight to Lhasa (Tibet) at 14.00hrs had been cancelled for reasons unbeknown to us.  We, unfortunately, had no choice and had to stay overnight in Chengdu.
The 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Tibet on the 25th June was approaching, when almost no visitors are allowed to enter the country. We decided to go for a walk in the nearby Baihua Park which we all found very interesting.
We saw several groups of the local Chinese dancing and singing together and we even came across a brass band. There were some individual musicians playing to the tourists and locals entertaining us all.
We also saw our first birds; the very common Light~vented Bulbul and White~browed Laughingthrush in the park.

That evening we received another disappointing message, we did not have permission to fly to Lhasa the next day, the 9th June. It was very bad news. In collaboration with Mr Tang Jun, our local agent and birding guide for the Sichuan part of the tour, we made alternative plans.
We decided to visit the Giant Panda Research Centre in Chengdu and a Lake close to the town. We were even able to find a birding guide too.
Day 2 - Chengdu

Thursday 9th of June

We left the hotel at 08.00hrs with Duke, our guide for today, and drove to the Panda Breeding Research Centre for birding. The Centre is located just 10 km from downtown Chengdu. It is very well organized and is a rather impressive Centre for the visitor.
It is home to a large breeding colony of Cattle Egrets and Black~crowned Night Herons.
We spent the whole morning there and had excellent views of the following birds, Vinous ~throated and Aschy~throated Parrotbills, Red~billed Leiothrix, Black~throated Tit and Yellow~breasted Greenfinch. And of course we saw many Giant and Red Pandas.
After lunch we went on to the large Lake close to Chengdu and had a leisurely walk around it. Here we found our first Pheasant of this trip, but unfortunately a common one.

We spotted Pheasant~tailed Jacanas, Long~Tailed Shrike, Bar~headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Little Grebe and Purple Heron.

Driving back to Chengdu we saw a Tiger Shrike.

Day 3 - Tibet - Namtso Lake

Friday 10th of June

Finally, we were able to leave Chengdu and left our hotel at 04.30hrs for our 06.10hrs flight to Lhasa. We had no problems with our entry permits and arrived in Lhasa at 08.00hrs. Our guide, Iris, arrived shortly after us and we asked if we could stay extra time in Tibet due to our difficulties but were denied by the Authorities. To find a birding guide in Tibet is even more difficult than China, and although Iris was not really a birding guide she was good at spotting the birds along the journey.
We decided to move directly to the Namtso Lake, about 260 km north of Lhasa. There is just one road through the valley with steep mountains, at a distance though, on either side.
Driving along, it wasn’t just the beautiful scenery that drew our attention, but also a young Lammergeier circling our minibus. On the whole, the birding was easy as we saw birds flying or on the grasslands as we drove.
We saw Rufous~necked and White~rumped Snowfinch, a very nice Citrine Wagtail, Yellow and White Wagtails, Himalaya Griffon Vultures on the ground, Common Redstart and Horned Lark. Altogether, it was a very pleasant drive up.

We started at 500m in Chengdu, 3,200m in Lhasa but now we had slowly driven up to over 5,000m.
Namtso is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the Nyaingentanglha mountain range. Its cave hermitages have for centuries been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. A surfaced road across Laken Pass, at 5186m, was completed in 2005 enabling easy access from Lhasa and the development of tourism at the lake.

There are many craft shops, tea houses and other tourist places not far from the lake. For most of us the crossing of the Laken Pass had been too much and we needed to rest to get acclimatised to the high altitude. We were unable to appreciate the beautiful scenery and the birds around the area due to exhaustion.

Next year, when we return to Tibet, we will go to Laken Pass after acclimatising to the high altitude slowly. That way we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the area with the justice it deserves.
Initially we had planned to stay the night in a Tented Camp near the Namtso Lake. Finally we decided not to take the risk and drive back 80 km direction Lhasa, to a small village with some basic hotels.

For many reasons, we were very happy that we took that decision. The temperature dropped down to freezing point, we were happy to go down more to a more acceptable altitude for the moment, and who knows what the bath facilities were like in a Tented Camp, not being very optimistic after the experiences of public toilets during the trip so far.
Day 4 - Tibet - Back to Lhasa

Saterday 11th of June

Although the hotel was basic we recovered quite well after a night’s rest, and early that morning we went out to look for the Black~necked Cranes. They are usually present in the grassland close to our hotel, but we did not see them. We would have other opportunities in Sichuan.

We drove slowly back to Lhasa, having many stops to watch birds, but also to have a closer look at the bridges decorated with Prayer Flags, or to watch a local woman taking care of the Yaks. We wanted to be back at Lhasa for lunchtime to visit the Xiongse Valley with its famous Monastery, which is also a good place for birds.
A small group went to visit the Monastery in the Xiongse Valley about 30 km from Lhasa. The last 400m had to be done on foot, not an easy route at high altitude. The birding however was very rewarding; White~throated Redstart, Tibetan Bunting, Giant Babax, Beautiful Rosefinch, and many more.

The others took a rest and had a walk to the Summer Palace, located in a nice park, not far from the hotel.
Altogether the trip to Lhasa had been too short to acclimatise fully to the high altitude.

The impressions of this Chinese Province were very promising and we will give a lot of thought for next year on how it will be included in the tour of China.
Day 5 - Back to Chengdu

Sunday 12th of June 2011

Today we had to leave Lhasa (Tibet) and return to Chengdu. We left the hotel at 08.15hrs for the hours drive to the airport. Leaving Tibet was not a problem and after a relaxed flight we arrived back at Chengdu at 12.00hrs.

This was the official starting and collecting day for the main tour but because all of our guests had done the pre~extension tour there was no need to stay in Chengdu.

Tang Jun, our guide for the main tour, collected us at the airport and after a very nice lunch we started the 4 hours drive to Wawushan. On route we had some stops and saw Forest Wagtail, White~cheeked Starling and several other birds.
Day 6 - Wawushan

Mondag 13th of June,

To see Lady Amherst’s Pheasant one has to be on the spot at dawn. We decided to take the chance and leave the hotel at 05.00hrs and get on the road. The best spot we were told was between 5 and 10 km from the entrance gate. We drove very slowly but unfortunately we only heard the bird and did not see it.

We had planned to go to the summit in the cable car lift but we could clearly see that the mountain was covered in rain clouds. We decided not to go up and continue birding along the road. We had some rain and the visibility was poor but we managed to see several interesting species. After lunch we took a rest after which we went out to look for Lady Amherst’s Pheasant again, but unfortunately we had no luck.
Day 7 - The Summit of Wawushan

Tuesday 14th of June

We left the hotel at 06.30hr, which was a relief after our 5am start the day before. We drove the 25 km to the cable car slowly to be there for 08.00. We were looking all the time for Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, but did not see it yet again. We had breakfast along the road of coffee, fruit and bread.

It takes 27 minutes to climb the 700m in the cable car to reach an altitude of almost 3000m.
The weather was beautiful and we had a fantastic day spotting many wonderful birds. We had lunch in the restaurant on the summit and did more birding afterwards. We left at 17.00 as the cable car was closing, very reluctantly as we had enjoyed such a pleasurable day.
At the summit, there were some great walking trails and it was easy walking for everyone.

Birds we saw were, Ashy~throated, Great, Brown, Fulvous, Golden and Grey~headed Parrotbills. We saw several species of warblers such as Ashy~throated, Emei Leaf, Buff~barred and Golden~spectacled Warblers. There were Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Grey~hooded Fulvetta and Elliot’s Laughingthrush. We also had very good views of Golden Bush Robin.

The weather at the summit can be very variable. Fog and rain are common and it can be very cold, but we had one of our lucky days with abundant sunshine which gave us wonderful views over the area. It was a very enjoyable and satisfying day for everyone.
Day 8 - Another day in Wawushan

Tuesday 15th of June

We had a late start today because we had decided to do some birding along the road towards the summit. It was around 8 o’clock when, all of a sudden, in front of our minibus was a Lady Amherst’s Pheasant (a nice male) walking sedately along the road. These things always happen when our cameras are not ready! Unfortunately, we only got photographs of the tail of this beautiful bird before it disappeared into the bushes. (See photo inlay.)
After that the morning was quiet for birds but improved as the day progressed. We had good views of Chestnut~crowned Warbler, Eurasian Jay, Crimson~breasted Woodpecker, Streak~throated Fulvetta, Plumbeous Redstart and many more.
Day 9 - Transfer to Rilong

Wednesday 16th of June

We left the hotel after breakfast driving the whole way back to Chengdu and from there to Wenshuan where we had a very nice lunch. Later we passed the epicenter of the 2008 earthquake where much of the area was yet to be reconstructed. We would normally have stayed in Wolong but the hotel was still being rebuilt and therefore we had to drive to the next city, Rlong, on the other side of Balangshan. We enjoyed the first part of the journey with stunning scenery and were lucky to see a Golden Pheasant walking along the road, but we then encountered very thick fog for a couple of hours going higher up the pass. We were very grateful to have a good and safe driver in Mr Song. Going down the other side of the pass our guide spotted a pair of Wallcreepers feeding young on the nest.
Day 10 - Balangshan

Friday 17th of June

We had another early start this morning to look for Chinese Monal. The best spot was 1.5hrs drive on the other side of the pass and some of the fittest of the group walked up the slopes with the guide. The others stayed below and were surprised by a pair of noisy White~eared Pheasant; also they saw Great Parrotbill, Common Rosefinch, Plain Mountain Finch, Rosy Pipit and more. The expedition uphill was not a success for everyone and just one person saw the beautiful Chinese Monal.
It was very cold at the summit and we decided to descend to the lower area where it was much warmer. Walking down we had excellent views of the White~capped Water Redstart, White~browed Rosefinch and many Crag Martins.
We made several stops and marvelled at the beautiful flower covered slopes, which were a great spectacle for us all to see. There were several orchid species there too.
We found Alpine Accentor, Plain Mountain Finch and Rosy Pipit in good numbers. We saw, at close distance, a Common Cuckoo having a meal and good views of a Snow Pigeon. At another stop we had superb views of Blue~fronted Redstart and the White~tailed Rubythroat, which was in and out of a nest feeding young.
The White~tailed Rubythroat was, without doubt, the winner of the day for us all.
Day 11 - Balangshan

Saterday 18th of June

Today, one of our fellow travellers had to leave at 05.00hrs and we all arose to wish him farewell. After he left we went to the summit again, but there was very dense fog and  we abandoned the plan and drove around different areas with clear views.
We saw several nice birds, Jankowsti’s Bunting, Himalaya Griffon Vulture, White~browed and Dark~breasted Rosefinch, Grandala (on the higher slopes), Kessler’s Thrush and other birds we had seen before. We then had lunch at our hotel, took a rest and decided to leave again in the afternoon for some birding at lower altitude.
We drove for about half an hour and stopped at an excellent place for birds. We found a pair of White~throated Redstart feeding young in the nest, and had good views of Goldcrest, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, Hill Pigeon, Grey~headed Woodpecker, Rufous~vented Tit and more.

On the way back we went to the same place to see the Wallcreepers and there they were again, feeding young. They gave the photographers in the group excellent opportunities for photographs.
Day 12 - Transfer to Maerkang

Sunday 19th of June

Being in China, in one of the best places for seeing the Chinese Monal it is very disappointing when you don’t see it. Today we had to travel to Maerkang, a distance of only 160 km, which gave those of us who wished to go back to the Balangshan slopes for a last chance of seeing this beautiful bird. The others were able to lie in and have a relaxed breakfast!
We drove up the slope, passing the 4157m point, and down the other side but it was not to be. The summit was clear today but dense fog on the other side. Back to the summit we went again and walked around.
We had Alpine Accentor posing nicely amongst the flowers, and also Brandt’s Mountain Finch. We had a very close view of the  beautiful, male Grandala (what a bird!). We saw the female further on, a drab brown compared to the beautiful male.

We could not have wished for better views or scenery and this bright blue bird was startling amongst the yellow flowers. Tang Jun, our guide, told us it was the fog that had brought him to this site. Normally they are only seen at a great distance so we were very lucky.
It compensated fully for not seeing the Chinese Monal.
We left Rlong finally at midday heading for Maerkang. Maerkang has a strong Tibetan influence and many Tibetans live here. The scenery is absolutely stunning and their architecture has a strong Tibetan influence and we saw some wonderful houses.

We were maintaining contact with another birding group two days ahead of us and they were giving us relevant information re the checkpoints on our route and that there was a risk that the Authorities would not let us pass. We decided just to continue and see what ensued further north.

We stopped at the Denghi forrest, 30 km before Maerkanf, for our target bird, the Sichuan Jay. We did hear it and we actually saw it too.

We arrived safely at our hotel late in the afternoon with no problems encountered at the checkpoints.
Day 13 - Birding in Denghi Forest

Monday 20th of June

We left the hotel early to look for Blood Pheasant. We heard it first and in no time we found a small group of birds almost on the summit. We all had good views. We walked down slowly again looking for Sichuan Jay. We saw several birds, but the highlight of the morning was a Rufous-breasted Accentor posing like a professional model for five minutes.

On our way back to Maerkang for lunch we stopped several times to take photographs of the stunning scenery and interesting buildings. We also came across some colourful Praying Wheels that are found in this area.
After lunch and a short rest we returned to the Denghi forest. We stopped in a place renowned for its Black Woodpecker, and saw several in the distance. We waited patiently and were rewarded by one landing in a tree very close to us of which we all had excellent views of this nice bird.
We continued on our journey and found many lovely species, but no new ones for us.
Day 14 - Transfer to Ruoergai

Tuesday 21st of June

We left the hotel for a long drive of 340 km to Ruoergai, of which the first 80 km was through a beautiful gorge. We stopped for breakfast and saw a pair of Rufous~bellied Woodpeckers on the other side of the river. We were lucky to find a bridge to cross and got permission from the owner of the land to get closer to the Woodpeckers.

Our next stop was at a local farm to try the Yak yoghurt, which was really very nice. We were now driving through the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau and had many stops enjoying the birding. Black~eared Kite, Kessler’s Thrush, Rock Sparrow, Little Owl, Hume’s Groundpecker and Black Redstart were just some of the birds we saw.
We had lunch in Hong Yuan, which is one of the larger villages in this area, and then continued our journey through the grasslands and big Yak herds. The farmers are living in tents and are here just for the summer months, after which they will move their herds south for the winter.
We stopped often because the birding was very productive and we also saw several Marmots and the much smaller Chinese Red Pika.

We stayed that night in a hotel in Ruoergai which was quite nice (like all the hotels so far) on the inside. From the outside it appeared to be a group of old buildings, and we could not imagine how nice the inside was until we went in.
Day 15 - Birding around Ruoergai

Wednesday 22nd of June

This morning we wanted to go to the Baxi Forest at 1.5 hours drive from the hotel. Our target bird was the Chinese Grouse but unfortunately the weather was very cold with dense fog which made it very unpleasant. We walked up some slopes but found ourselves in heavy rain and then waited in the minibus for an hour but gave up and went back to the hotel. We saw a Chinese Grey Shrike on the way back.
In the afternoon the weather improved considerably and we went out and saw Black~necked Crane, Tibetan Lark, Oriental Skylark and had excellent views of the Saker Falcon mobbed by a Tern. We even saw a pair of Siberian foxes being chased by a Marmot.
Day 16 - Transfer to Juizhaigou

Thursday 23rd of June

Because of yesterdays bad weather we went again to the Baxi Forest and went up some slopes looking for the Chinese Grouse. We saw Grey~headed Bullfinch, Three~banded Rosefinch, Elliott’s Laughingthrush and more, but no Chinese Grouse. When we descended we were stopped by the police and were told to turn back. The reason they gave was that further along there were some dogs and they wanted us to avoid any problems with them!
After lunch in a small village we started on our journey to Juizhaigou and we had many birding stops along the way. As we got closer to Juizhaigou we noticed the difference in the area as we were approaching a tourist centre catering for more than 1,500.000 visitors per year.
Day 17 - N. P. of Juizhaigou

Friday 24th of June

Birders have to be in the Centre before the tourist flow begins at 07.00hr and no private cars are allowed, only the regulated buses that drive up and down in the park. Our guide found us a lorry that was going near to Orange~flanked Robins. We stopped at the site for an hour and heard them, but only caught a glimpse of the actual bird.

The Park is really beautiful with lakes, mountains and vegetation and you can imagine that many people like to come for a visit, but for birders it was not very appropriate as there were too many people around.
Day 18 - Gonggangling Forest

Saterday 25th of June

Today we went to Gonggangling Forest, about 50 km from our hotel, and we drove as high as we could. We had a very nice walk down the slopes , on a track, seeing birds such as Rufous~vented Tit, Grey`headed Woodpecker, White~browed Rosefinch, Grey~backed Shrike, Chinese Leaf Warbler, White~bellied Redstart, Plumbeous Redstart and many more. We were lucky to find our way back to the main road as no one wanted to climb back uphill.

After lunch and a rest we left again to have a look at a large lake not far from Juizhaigou. We found some Warblers, the always present Chestnut Thrush and a Blue~throated Flycatcher. We had to go back early due to a thunderstorm.
Day 19 - Back to Chengdu

Sunday 26th of June

This "recce tour" has given us the experience we needed in order to organise future birding tours in Sichuan. We had some wonderful experiences and also we need to change some of the details, but that is why a "recce-tour" is so important to us and future plans.
We had not been very lucky with the weather, due to some cold and rainy days and we also had a lot of fog. However, the accommodation and food had been very good.
We will also advise future travellers that being on higher altitude is something that needs extra time to acclimatize to.
The birding was good and the species different from many other places, we saw a good 234 species, which we think is a very good result.
Finally, a big "thank you" to our 5 fellow-travellers who joined us on our Sichuan China experience!
Bird List - Page 1 of 15

Phasianidae

1. Snow Partridge - Lerwa lerwa
2. Verreaux's Monal Partridge - Tetraophasis obscurus
3. Tibetan Snowcock - Tetraogallus tibetanus
4. Tibetan Partridge - Perdix hodgsoniae
5. Chinese Bamboo Partridge - Bambusicola thoracicus
6. Blood Pheasant - Ithaginis cruentus
7. Chinese Monal - Lophophorus lhuysii
8. White Eared Pheasant - Crossoptilon crossoptilon
9. Common Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus
10. Golden Pheasant - Chrysolophus pictus
11. Lady Amherst's Pheasant - Chrysolophus amherstiae
12. Tibetan Eared Pheasant
Anatidae
13. Bar-headed Goose - Anser indicus
14. Ruddy Shelduck - Tadorna ferruginea
15. Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
16. Northern Pintail - Anas acuta
17. Goosander - Mergus merganser
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Podicipedidae
18. Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Ardeidae
19. Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
20. Chinese Pond Heron - Ardeola bacchus
21. Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
22. Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
23. Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea
24. Intermediate Egret - Egretta intermedia

25. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Falconidae
26. Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
27. Saker Falcon - Falco cherrug
Accipitridae
28. Oriental Honey Buzzard - Pernis ptilorhynchus
29. Black Kite - Milvus migrans
30. Bearded Vulture/Lammergeier - Gypaetus barbatus
31. Himalayan Griffon - Gyps himalayensis
32. Shikra - Accipiter badius
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33. Eurasian Buzzard - Buteo buteo
34. Long-legged Buzzard - Buteo rufinus
35. Upland Buzzard - Buteo hemilasius
36. Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos
37. Bonelli's Eagle - Hieraaetus fasciatus
Rallidae
38. Purple Swamphen - Porphyrio porphyrio
39. Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
40. Common Coot - Fulica atra
Gruidae
41. Black-necked Crane - Grus nigricollis
Jacanidae
42. Pheasant-tailed Jacana - Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Scolopacidae
41. Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
42. Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
43. Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
Laridae
44. Great Black-headed Gull - Larus ichthyaetus
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45. Brown-headed Gull - Larus brunnicephalus
46. Common Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus
47. Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
48. Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
Columbidae
49. Rock Dove - Columba livia
50. Hill Pigeon - Columba rupestris
51. Snow Pigeon - Columba leuconota
52. Stock Dove - Columba oenas
53. Woodpigeon - Columba palumbus
54. Speckled Woodpigeon - Columba hodgsonii
55. Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
56. Red Turtle Dove - Streptopelia tranquebarica
57. Spotted-necked Dove - Streptopelia chinensis
58. Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon - Treron sphenurus
Psittacidae
59.Lord Derby's Parakeet - Psittacula derbiana
Cuculidae
60. Large Hawk-Cuckoo - Cuculus sparverioides
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61. Common Hawk-Cuckoo - Cuculus varius
62. Common Cuckoo - Cuculus canorus
63. Lesser Cuckoo - Cuculus poliocephalus
Strigidae
64. Little Owl - Athene noctua
Apodidae
65. Himalayan Swiftlet - Aerodramus brevirostris
66. White-throated Needletail - Hirundapus caudacutus
67. Fork-tailed or Pacific Swift - Apus pacificus
68. House Swift - Apus nipalensis
Alcedinidae
69. Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
Upupidae
70. Common Hoopoe - Upupa epops
Picidae
71. Rufous-bellied Woodpecker - Hypopicus hyperythrus
72. Crimson-breasted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos cathpharius
73. Darjeeling Woodpecker - Dendrocopos darjellensis
74. Black Woodpecker - Dryocopus martius
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75. Grey-headed Woodpecker - Picus canus
Campephagidae
76. Ashy Minivet - Pericrocotus divaricatus
77. Long-tailed Minivet - Pericrocotus ethologus
Laniidae
78. Tiger Shrike - Lanius tigrinus
79. Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus
80. Long-tailed Shrike - Lanius schach
81. Grey-backed Shrike - Lanius tephronotus
82. Chinese Grey Shrike - Lanius sphenocercus
Oriolidae
83. Black-naped Oriole - Oriolus chinensis
Dicruridae
84. Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus
85. Common Magpie - Pica pica
86. Hume's Groundpecker - Pseudopodoces humilis
87. Red-billed Chough - Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
88. Alpine Chough/Yellow-billed Chough - Pyrrhocorax graculus
89. Daurian Jackdaw - Corvus dauuricus

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90. Rook - Corvus frugilegus
91. Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
92. Large-billed Crow/Jungle Crow - Corvus macrorhynchos
93. Common Raven - Corvus corax
Paridae
94. Great Tit - Parus major
95. Green-backed Tit - Parus monticolus
96. Yellow-bellied Tit - Parus venustulus
97. Rufous-vented Tit - Parus rubidiventris
98. Coal Tit - Parus ater
99. Willow Tit - Parus montanus
100. White-browed Tit - Parus superciliosus
101 Grey-crested Tit - Parus dichrous
102. Yellow-browed Tit - Sylviparus modestus
Hirundinidae
103. Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
104. Eurasian Crag Martin - Ptyonoprogne rupestris
105. Dusky Crag Martin - Ptyonoprogne concolor
106. Asian House Martin - Delichon dasypus

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107. Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Aegithalidae
108. Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus
109. Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus
110. Crested Tit-Warbler - Leptopoecile elegans
Alaudidae
111. Tibetan Lark - Melanocorypha maxima
112. Hume's Short-toed Lark - Calandrella acutirostris
113. Asian Short-toed Lark - Calandrella cheleensis
114. Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
115. Oriental Skylark - Alauda gulgula
116. Horned Lark/Shorelark - Eremophila alpestris
Cisticolidae
117. Plain Prinia - Prinia inornata
Pycnonotidae
118. Crested Finchbill - Spizixos canifrons
119. Light-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus sinensis
120. Black Bulbul - Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Sylviidae
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121. Japanese Bush Warbler - Cettia diphone
122. Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler - Cettia fortipes
123. Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler - Cettia major
124. Yellowish-belli
1ed Bush Warbler - Cettia acanthizoides
125. Chinese Bush Warbler - Bradypterus tacsanowskius
126. Brown Bush Warbler - Bradypterus luteoventris
127. Tickell's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus affinis
128. Buff-throated Warbler - Phylloscopus subaffinis
129. Yellow-streaked Warbler - Phylloscopus armandii
130. Chinese Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus yunnanensis
131. Pallas's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus
132. Hume's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus humei
133. Arctic Warbler - Phylloscopus borealis
134. Greenish Warbler - Phylloscopus trochiloides
135. Large-billed Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus magnirostris
136. Golden-spectacled Warbler - Seicercus burkii
137. Chestnut-crowned Warbler - Seicercus castaniceps
Timaliidae
138. Chinese Babax - Babax lanceolatus
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139. Giant Babax - Babax waddelli
140. Plain Laughing-thrush - Garrulax davidi
141. Rufous-chinned Laughing-thrush - Garrulax rufogularis
142. Giant Laughing-thrush - Garrulax maximus
143. Rusty Laughing-thrush - Garrulax poecilorhynchus
144. White-browed Laughing-thrush - Garrulax sannio
145. Elliot's Laughing-thrush - Garrulax elliotii
146. Brown-cheeked Laughing-thrush - Garrulax henrici
147. Red-billed Leiothrix - Leiothrix lutea
148. Blue-winged Minla - Minla cyanouroptera
149. Golden-breasted Fulvetta - Alcippe chrysotis
150. Streak-throated Fulvetta - Alcippe cinereiceps
151. White-collared Yuhina - Yuhina diademata
152. Black-chinned Yuhina - Yuhina nigrimenta
153. Great Parrotbill - Conostoma aemodium
154. Brown Parrotbill - Paradoxornis unicolor
155. Vinous-throated Parrotbill - Paradoxornis webbianus
156. Grey-hooded Parrotbill - Paradoxornis zappeyi
157. Rusty-throated Parrotbill - Paradoxornis przewalskii
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158. Grey-headed Parrotbill - Paradoxornis gularis
159. Aschy-throated parrotbill
Zosteropidae
160. Japanese White-eye - Zosterops japonicus
Regulidae
161. Goldcrest - Regulus regulus
Troglodytidae
162. Winter Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
Sittidae
163. Wallcreeper - Tichodroma muraria
Certhiidae
164. Sichuan Treecreeper - Certhia tianquanensis
Sturnidae
165. Crested Myna - Acridotheres cristatellus
Turdidae
166. Blue Whistling Thrush - Myophonus caeruleus
167. Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
168. Chestnut Thrush - Turdus rubrocanus
169. Kessler's Thrush - Turdus kessleri
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170. Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos
Muscicapidae
171. White-tailed Rubythroat - Luscinia pectoralis
172. Orange-flanked Bush Robin - Luscinia cyanura
173. Golden Bush Robin - Luscinia chrysaea
174. Oriental Magpie-Robin - Copsychus saularis
175. Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros
176. Common Redstart - Phoenicurus phoenicurus
177. White-throated Redstart - Phoenicurus schisticeps
178. Blue-fronted Redstart - Phoenicurus frontalis
179. White-bellied Redstart - Hodgsonius phoenicuroides
180. Plumbeous Water Redstart - Rhyacornis fuliginosa
181. White-capped Water Redstart - Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
182. Grandala - Grandala coelicolor
183. Little Forktail - Enicurus scouleri
184. Common Stonechat - Saxicola torquatus
185. Ferruginous Flycatcher - Muscicapa ferruginea
186. Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher - Ficedula strophiata
187. Snowy-browed Flycatcher - Ficedula hyperythra
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188. Slaty-blue Flycatcher - Ficedula tricolor
189. Asian Verditer Flycatcher - Eumyias thalassinus
190. Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher - Cyornis rubeculoides
Cinclidae
191. Brown Dipper - Cinclus pallasii
Nectariniidae
192. Mrs. Gould's Sunbird - Aethopyga gouldiae
Passeridae
193. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
194. Russet Sparrow - Passer rutilans
195. Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
196. Rock Sparrow - Petronia petronia
197. White-rumped Snowfinch - Onychostruthus taczanowskii
198. Rufous-necked Snowfinch - Pyrgilauda ruficollis
199. Blanford's Snowfinch - Pyrgilauda blanfordi
Prunellidae
200. Alpine Accentor - Prunella collaris
201. Rufous-breasted Accentor - Prunella strophiata
202. Brown Accentor - Prunella fulvescens
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203. Maroon-backed Accentor - Prunella immaculata
Motacillidae
204. Forest Wagtail - Dendronanthus indicus
205. Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava
206. Citrine Wagtail - Motacilla citreola
207. Grey Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
208. White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
209. Olive-backed Pipit - Anthus hodgsoni
210. Rosy Pipit - Anthus roseatus
Fringillidae
211. Tibetan Siskin - Serinus thibetanus
212. Oriental Greenfinch - Carduelis sinica
213. Twite - Carduelis flavirostris
214. Plain Mountain Finch - Leucosticte nemoricola
215. Brandt's Mountain Finch - Leucosticte brandti
216. Common Rosefinch - Carpodacus erythrinus
217. Beautiful Rosefinch - Carpodacus pulcherrimus
218. Pink-rumped Rosefinch - Carpodacus eos
219. Vinaceous Rosefinch - Carpodacus vinaceus
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220. Dark-rumped Rosefinch - Carpodacus edwardsii
221. Three-banded Rosefinch - Carpodacus trifasciatus
222. White-browed Rosefinch - Carpodacus thura
223. Streaked Rosefinch - Carpodacus rubicilloides
224. Red-fronted Rosefinch - Carpodacus puniceus
225. Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra
226. White-winged Crossbill - Loxia leucoptera
227. Grey-headed Bullfinch - Pyrrhula erythaca
228. Yellow-billed Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
229. Collared Grosbeak - Mycerobas affinis
230. White-winged Grosbeak - Mycerobas carnipes
Emberizidae
231. Slaty Bunting - Latoucheornis siemsseni
232. Eastern Rock Bunting - Emberiza godlewskii
233. Jankowski's Bunting - Emberiza jankowskii
234. Tibetan Bunting - Emberiza koslowi
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