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SICHUAN INCLUDING NORTHERN YUNNAN

Tuesday 16th May - Wednesday 7th June 2017

Craig Robson

The amazing Temminck's Tragopan (Summer Wong)

The amazing Temminck's Tragopan (Summer Wong)

Rugged Western China, with its stunning, breathtaking scenery, really is a treasure trove of awesome Sino-Himalayan avian marvels. Our latest trip to western Sichuan, with a pre-tour extension to NW Yunnan, was another great adventure, with a non-stop inflow of truly superb birds. Some of the numerous highlights, amongst the nearly 350 species recorded, were 15 species of Galliform, including Temminck’s Tragopan, Chinese Monal, White Eared, Blue Eared, Golden and Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Black-necked Crane, Black-tailed Crake, Saker Falcon, Collared Crow, Fire-capped, White-browed, Pere David’s, Black-bibbed, Sichuan, and Ground Tits, Tibetan Lark, Chinese Wren-babbler (or Cupwing), Sooty Bushtit, White-browed and Crested Tit-Warblers, 23 species of Phylloscopus and Seicercus warblers, 36 species of babbler (excluding parrotbills), including Golden-fronted, Chinese, Spectacled and Grey-hooded Fulvettas, Snowy-cheeked, Barred, White-speckled, Giant and Red-winged Laughingthrushes, Emei Shan Liocichla, Rufous-tailed Babbler, 11 species of parrotbill, including Three-toed, Spectacled, Ashy-throated, Brown-winged, Grey-hooded, Przevalski’s and Golden, Yunnan, Chinese and Przevalski’s Nuthatches, Wallcreeper, Sichuan Treecreeper, Sichuan (split from Plain-backed), Kessler’s and Chinese Thrushes, Grandala, Chinese (split from Himalayan) and Siberian Rubythroats, Firethroat, Black-winged, White-rumped and Red-necked Snowfinches, Robin Accentor, Przevalski’s Finch, Chinese Grosbeak, Streaked, Pink-rumped, Sharpe’s, Three-banded, Chinese White-browed and Red-fronted Rosefinches, and Slaty Bunting. Our mammal tally was also exceptional, with our total of 24 species including Tibetan Fox, Grey Wolf, Tufted, Thorold’s and Eastern (or Siberian) Roe Deer, Takin, Bharal and Chinese Goral.

The remarkable Przevalski’s Finch (Craig Robson)

The remarkable Przevalski’s Finch (Craig Robson)