Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Baihualing, Yunnan, 12 Feb. 2014.

Western Yunnan, January-March 2014

Western Yunnan, January-March 2014
by Craig Brelsford and Elaine Du
www.craigbrelsford.com
info@craigbrelsford.com
Latest update: 2017-03-06
© 2014-2017 by Craig Brelsford

Who Are We?

Craig Brelsford lives in Shanghai, where he runs shanghaibirding.com while studying Chinese at the Shanghai University of Engineering Sciences. Craig is from Florida in the United States. Elaine Du’s Chinese name is Dù Lián Róng (杜连荣). Elaine is from Heilongjiang, China and lives in Shanghai. Elaine has a master’s degree in food science and engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology.

Introduction and Summary

Yunnan is smaller than the U.S. state of California but has more species of bird (919) than the United States and Canada. The province accounts for a little more than 4 percent of the land area of China, but almost two-thirds of China’s 1,436 species of bird have been recorded there. Western Yunnan, with its wide variety of habitats and proximity to Burma, is a particularly bird-rich portion of Yunnan. In January, February, and March 2014, Craig Brelsford and Elaine Du spent 47 days in western Yunnan, visiting three areas: Tengchong (6 nights), Nabang (14 nights), and Baihualing in the Gaoligongshan (25 nights). Craig was there to study the birds of the region and collect photos for his project, a photographic field guide to the birds of China. Craig and Elaine noted 242 species of bird.

Highlights

— Finding several species of bird with tiny ranges in China, among them Red-wattled Lapwing, Green Bee-eater, Wreathed Hornbill, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Red-vented Bulbul, Flavescent Bulbul, White-throated Bulbul, Wire-tailed Swallow, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Assam Laughingthrush, Brown-winged Parrotbill, White-breasted Parrotbill, White-tailed Nuthatch, Hume’s Treecreeper, Collared Myna, Vinous-breasted Starling, Black-backed Forktail, White-tailed Flycatcher, and Purple Sunbird

— At Baihualing, finding Gould’s Shortwing on four creeks on four separate days

— At Baihualing, having a thrilling, one-minute close encounter with Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, the bird of the trip

— At Blind 12 at Baihualing, viewing four species of laughingthrush simultaneously for 10 minutes

— At Nabang, viewing four of China’s five species of forktail within the space of 90 minutes; later, at Baihualing, adding Spotted Forktail, the fifth

— Spending four nights at 3180 m on the ridge at Gaoligongshan and birding the upper elevations of that extraordinary mountain range

— The combination of healthy forest, rare birds, and ancient history along the 1,500-year-old Tea-Horse Road at Gaoligongshan

Acknowledgements

Steve Bale provided a steady stream of encouragement and tips. Paul Holt opened up his treasure chest of Yunnan reports to us. Per Alström sent Craig a recording of Gould’s Shortwing. Jesper Hornskov followed our progress and gave us tips. We got much good information from reports by Björn Anderson. Brian Ivon Jones offered constant support, interest, and encouragement.

Key

For taxonomy and English names, our first reference is the IOC World Bird List.

Wed. 15 Jan. 2014
Tengchong

At 11:50, Elaine Du and I took off from Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai for Kunming, the capital of Yunnan. We switched planes in Kunming and continued on to Tengchong, arriving at about 17:30. Our contact, Xiāo Xù Qīng (肖旭清), was waiting for us with our van, a Chinese make called Chang An. The van had about 48,650 km on it when we began driving it. Xù Qīng drove us to our hotel and departed. Elaine and I ate supper then bought provisions at a grocery store.

Thurs. 16 Jan. 2014
Nabang

All morning and part of the afternoon at Laifengshan, the large forest park in Tengchong. At night, we drove across the mountains to Nabang. We opted to drive at night because after dark the large trucks, many of them laden with timber, would be fewer than in the daytime, and traffic in general would be less. We arrived at our hotel, Biānchuí Jiǔdiàn (边陲酒店; +86 692-8925288). We stayed 14 nights in this hotel. Rooms cost 80 yuan per night. Some rooms at this hotel are subpar; pipes leak in the bathroom, and there is no access to the Internet. Other rooms are more pleasant and have a reliable connection to the Internet.

Fri. 17 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Black-backed Forktail, Nabang.
Black-backed Forktail, Nabang.

The weather here is so very fine, the air so very clean; what a stark contrast to the dirty air and chilly weather of Shanghai. On our first day and nearly every day thereafter, the daytime temperature in Nabang, elev. 210 m, was reaching about 23 degrees Celsius; at night, the temperature was dipping to a very comfortable 14.

Thirty kilometers long, the Nabang-Xima Trail begins at the point north of town where the paved road meets Nabang Creek; a sign reminds drivers that it is illegal to cross the stream into Burma there, and there is no bridge, but cars and motorcycles regularly ford the stream. The Nabang-Xima Trail is the dirt road that stays on the left bank of the creek, on the Chinese side. The first three kilometers of the trail pass through banana plantations and are drivable. We parked at the place where the road becomes impassible for anything but a four-wheel drive vehicle; there, the trail leaves the valley and climbs the ridge. Within minutes of arriving at the parking spot, we found a Black-backed Forktail. Climbing the ridge, I found a flock of White-throated Bulbul, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, a male Small Niltava, and a female Slaty-backed Flycatcher. In the afternoon, we drove to Rongshu Wang, a nature reserve in the mountains east of Nabang. A big mixed flock was on a massive tree in flower; the main component was Black Bulbul (white-headed as well as all-black morphs); also 1 Blue-throated Barbet and 3 Hair-crested Drongo.

Sat. 18 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Today Elaine and I set up our observation point on the Nabang-Xima Trail. After we set up the tent, we left for the van, not quite a kilometer below at the parking spot. Nabang Creek is nearly trash-free here in its higher reaches. We ate lunch on the bank of the creek, hoping to get a better photo of a Black-backed Forktail. We saw Slaty-backed Forktail, Red-headed Trogon, and the region’s distinctive, yellow-billed Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus eugenei). Returning to the tent, we heard White-tailed Flycatcher (00:31; 1.3 MB):

White-tailed Flycatcher, Nabang.
White-tailed Flycatcher, Nabang.

Later, we saw the flycatcher, a male, as well as a male White-tailed Robin. When we emerged from the tent, it was already dark, and fireflies had come out. Elaine had never seen fireflies. Pleasant boyhood memories flooded my mind.

Sun. 19 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Two Wreathed Hornbill at Nabang today! Walking up the Nabang-Xima Trail, at an elevation of about 570 m, Elaine and I heard a croaking sound high above, looked up, and saw them. As one ascends, one enjoys brilliant views of the heavily forested hills. Also today: Blue-bearded Bee-eater, 2 Lesser Yellownape, and Maroon Oriole. We sound-recorded and viewed Grey-bellied Tesia and recorded vocalizations of White-tailed Flycatcher at close range.

Mon. 20 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Puff-throated Babbler, Nabang-Xima Trail.
Puff-throated Babbler, Nabang-Xima Trail.

All day along the Nabang-Xima Trail. Highlights: Puff-throated Babbler, 3 Blue-bearded Bee-eater sipping nectar, plus four species that we saw within an hour of each other and never saw again during the trip: White-rumped Shama among 4 Silver-breasted Broadbill, plus 2 White-bellied Erpornis and a single male Little Pied Flycatcher. Saw no one along Nabang-Xima Trail today. Total silence; perfect weather.

Tues. 21 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Today, Elaine and I made our first trip to the Mengnai River. Only 3 km long (from the S318 to the confluence of the Mengnai River and Nabang Creek), the Mengnai River Valley contains a number of China rarities. Near the confluence of the Mengnai River and Nabang Creek, I found 5 River Lapwing and 2 Ibisbill.

Wed. 22 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Green Bee-eater, Nabang.
Green Bee-eater, Nabang.

All day in the Mengnai River Valley. We found three Yunnan rarities: 3 Black-backed Forktail plus a flock of Green Bee-eater and a single Red-wattled Lapwing.

Thurs. 23 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Today, once again along the Mengnai River, Elaine and I found a flock of Rufous-necked Laughingthrush. Rufous-necked Laughingthrush is an uncommon resident of the parts of Burma adjacent to Yunnan as well as a small sliver of western Yunnan. The laughingthrushes were in the thicket between the road leading down the valley and the river.

Fri. 24 Jan. 2014
Nabang

At Rongshu Wang, the forest reserve 20 km east of Nabang, Elaine and I today found Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, 4 White-breasted Parrotbill, 3 Yellow-bellied Warbler, and 4 Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler. All four species have small ranges in China, mostly or exclusively in western Yunnan.

Sat. 25 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Rufous-bellied Niltava moments before sundown, Rongshu Wang.
Rufous-bellied Niltava moments before sundown, Rongshu Wang.

Today ended on a high note. As Elaine and I were driving our Chang An van down the cobblestone road at Rongshu Wang, I saw a Rufous-bellied Niltava fly from the side of the road, where it had just pounced on something, to the safety of the trees. I stopped the van, pulled out my equipment, lay flat on my belly, and waited. Sure enough, the niltava came back. Just as the last rays of the sun were kissing the road, the niltava jumped out. I got off a flurry of shots. What a moment! Earlier at Rongshu Wang, Elaine and I were at a place I’m calling The Patch, not far from the Banyan Hulk. Around this open area, numerous remarkable species appeared, among them White-hooded Babbler (just missed by me, but photographed by a Chinese guide and his client minutes before my arrival). The weather was fine there at 950 masl, clear and warm with a slight breeze. Another highlight today was our first good views of Mountain Imperial Pigeon.

Sun. 26 Jan. 2014
Nabang

All day at The Patch at Rongshu Wang. A flock of Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike were of interest, as was the large flock (ca. 30 individuals) of Silver-eared Mesia.

Mon. 27 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Today, for the first time since 17 Jan., Elaine and I did not go out before dawn. We needed the rest! In the afternoon in the Mengnai River Valley, I, like Ahab pursuing Moby Dick, battled for photos of the local Rufous-necked Laughingthrush. They’re easy enough to find in the thicket along the road; but seeing them, let alone photographing them, is a challenge. Elaine and I were often three meters from some of them, allowing us to make good recordings of their babbling (00:24; 1.2 MB):

Tues. 28 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Collared Myna, Nabang.
Collared Myna, Nabang.

This morning in the Mengnai River Valley, Elaine and I finally found the Big 3 Starlings of Nabang: Pied Myna, Collared Myna, and a pair of Vinous-breasted Starling. We also found 3 Wire-tailed Swallow and ca. 15 Grey-throated Martin.

Wed. 29 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Little Forktail, Nabang.
Little Forktail, Nabang.

Today in the Mengnai River Valley, Elaine and I once again saw Wire-tailed Swallow and Rufous-necked Laughingthrush. To our trip list we added Eurasian Wryneck then broke for lunch. An afternoon vigil by Nabang Creek produced sustained views of 2 Slaty-backed Forktail. The forktails had no idea that two people were watching them from a tent. Little Forktail appeared but was chased away by Plumbeous Water Redstart. Our much hoped-for Black-backed Forktail did not arrive.

Thurs. 30 Jan. 2014
Nabang

Our photo blind on creek at Nabang, 30 Jan. 2014.
Our photo blind on creek at Nabang, 30 Jan. 2014.

This morning, within the space of just 90 minutes, 4 of China’s 5 species of forktail lingered near our tent. We were set up along Nabang Creek, on the China side of the stream. Yesterday, I agonized over where to site our tent; my careful planning paid off handsomely. The first to arrive was Black-backed Forktail. This individual was not intimidated by the aggressive local Plumbeous Water Redstart. A Little Forktail did, however, have to add the redstart into its calculations. Next came White-crowned Forktail, followed by a pair of Slaty-backed Forktail. In the afternoon, Elaine and I returned to the tent. A Grey Wagtail, completely unaware that we were inside, perched a meter away from our tent. All the forktails except the White-crowned were still in the area. We were flies on the wall, invisible witnesses to the scene unfolding before our eyes.

Fri. 31 Jan. 2014
Tengchong

Black-winged Kite, Yingjiang, 31 Jan. 2014.
Black-winged Kite, Yingjiang, 31 Jan. 2014.

Today, the drive from Nabang to Tengchong netted me my best-ever views of Crested Finchbill. Other highlights were 2 Blue-bearded Bee-eaters and, at Yingjiang (盈江), a Black-winged Kite. Many checkpoints between Yingjiang and Tengchong; yesterday, a jealous husband killed six persons in Tengchong; he’s still on the loose. Today is Chinese New Year. It’s the year of the horse.

Sat. 1 Feb. 2014
Tengchong

Chestnut Thrush, Laifengshan, Tengchong.
Chestnut Thrush, Laifengshan, Tengchong.

Today at Laifengshan, the mountain park in Tengchong, Elaine and I found a flock of Brown-winged Parrotbill and 3 Red-faced Liocichla. The liocichlas were not terribly bothered by the steady stream of Spring Festival vacationers passing through their territory. Neither were the 2 Red-tailed Minla and single Bar-throated Minla. Other highlights: Scaly Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, 10 Black-breasted Thrush, and Large Niltava. A calling Large Hawk-Cuckoo reminded me of summers farther north. We spent only a few hours at Laifengshan, as the big crowd made birding difficult.

Sun. 2 Feb. 2014
Tengchong

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Laifengshan.
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Laifengshan.

Today, Elaine and I split our time between birding Laifengshan here in Tengchong and preparing for the next big leg of our trip, Gaoligongshan. Dawn saw us atop Laifengshan, where 6 Rufous-vented Yuhina were feeding vigorously. Elaine enjoyed her first views of a male Blue-fronted Redstart. At the temple, we had fun watching Chestnut-vented Nuthatch. These birds sang strongly, evidence that, for some non-migratory species at least, mating season is just around the corner. In the afternoon, Elaine and I set up the tent next to a watering hole. There, I collected clear, full-body images of a male Chestnut Thrush plus male and female Black-breasted Thrush.

Mon. 3 Feb. 2014
Tengchong

At Laifengshan today, Elaine and I spent most of the morning observing and attempting to photograph Slender-billed Oriole. We noted 3, one an adult male. With the big Spring Festival crowd at the well-known Laifengshan Chahuayuan (来凤山茶花园), Elaine and I weren’t sure whether we’d find the orioles. We discovered a secret that the orioles know but that most of the visitors don’t know, which is that the flower garden continues downslope quite a ways. We walked down as far as we could go, where tourists were almost completely absent; that’s where the orioles were. The orioles would emerge from the surrounding forest, alight on a high, non-flowering tree in the garden, choose a target tree, and swoop down to it. These forest birds are well-used to consuming nectar, but are unused to consuming it in widely spaced trees, as in the garden. They are therefore easy enough to see but hard to approach. Other birds: Brambling, 15 Little Bunting, and 6 Olive-backed Pipit. These familiar species contrasted pleasingly with the more Indo-Malayan species such as Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus hopwoodi; blue-grey morph), 5 Orange-bellied Leafbird, and 3 Black-headed Sibia.

Slender-billed Oriole, Laifengshan.
Slender-billed Oriole, Laifengshan.

Later, atop Laifengshan, Elaine and I were standing near a flowering tree. The tree had attracted a big mixed flock, the main component of which was Rufous-vented Yuhina. I was standing in the parking lot, which is elevated from the forest floor. As I was concentrating on the birds in that tree, I noticed a man below, walking toward the base of the tree. A birdwatcher, perhaps? Yes indeed, a birdwatcher–armed with a slingshot. I’ve seen much destruction these past few years traveling throughout China, but I must say that it still was shocking to see a man in broad daylight about to slingshot wild birds in a crowded public park. I saw him aiming, about to shoot … I called out to him. “Don’t shoot! Don’t kill birds!” Do you know what his answer was? “They’re not your birds!” As he slipped away, I saw a young child, perhaps his son, joining him. Not only did this poacher not get the memo that hunting birds is illegal, but he was also teaching this child how to do it!

Tues. 4 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Himalayan Forest Thrush powerfully shovels away dirt, leaves, and sticks as it searches for invertebrates on the forest floor. Baihualing, Yunnan, 4 Feb. 2014.
Himalayan Thrush powerfully shovels away dirt, leaves, and sticks as it searches for invertebrates on the forest floor. Baihualing, Yunnan, 4 Feb. 2014.

Elaine and I arrived at Baihualing in the late afternoon, having driven from Tengchong through the spectacular Salween or Nujiang (怒江) River Valley. At Baihualing, we stayed at a coffee farm operated by Duàn Lǎo Dì (段老弟; +86 159-2558-0339) and his wife, Xiǎo Gōng (小龚; +86 152-8752-0654). Their price for a simple, clean room was 100 yuan a night. There is no Internet access, and no one speaks English. Meals are not included. The food is excellent; Xiǎo Gōng and Duàn Lǎo Dì’s cousin Xiǎo Lǐ (小李) are fine cooks, and most of the vegetables and meat they use come from the farm itself. Duàn Lǎo Dì and Xiǎo Gōng are locals and know everybody in the area. They have a daughter, Xiǎo Xiǎo Gōng (小小龚), 5, who was always playing with Xiǎo Lǐ’s daughter, Xiǎo Xiǎo Lǐ (小小李), 6. The children took an interest in their Chinese-speaking “foreign uncle,” and Craig in turn introduced them to birding. We stayed 21 nights at Duàn Lǎo Dì’s farm.

Elaine and I headed uphill on the cobblestone and then dirt road toward Da Lu Chang (大陆场). As we drove, we saw one, then another, then another, then still another Zoothera thrush. I went to work on the first one we saw. It was Himalayan Thrush (Zoothera salimalii). The bird was obliging, allowing me close views as it aggressively foraged among the leaf litter and on the sandy surface of the road. I got video.



Wed. 5 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Gould's Shortwing, Baihualing.
Gould’s Shortwing, Baihualing.

Today, Elaine and I clearly saw and sound-recorded Gould’s Shortwing. I glimpsed the beautiful bird in thick vegetation near the edge of the dirt track. Despite it not being the perfect season or habitat, our recordings (downloaded from xeno-canto.org) elicited a quick reply from the shortwing (00:11; 958 KB):

Thurs. 6 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today Elaine and I birded at Jiujiezi (旧街子), a clearing in the forest above Baihualing. Elev.: 1990 m. Flowers are blooming all around, one can see for miles, and birds are plentiful. Here I concentrated on photography. I achieved first-ever or best-ever portraits of several species, among them Stripe-throated Yuhina. I watched a pair for a good while, noting how they switched from fly-catching to nectar-lapping and leaf-foraging. They repeated this cycle again and again. In the afternoon, back on the dirt road near Da Lu Chang, Elaine and I photographed Gould’s Shortwing. Shortwings are Masters of the Darkness. Their stealthy movements baffle the viewer. That fern just twitched–it must be the breeze. No, it’s a shortwing! How could a bird be so close to me, and I not know it? Wait, where’d it go? The shortwing was almost invisible in the dark undergrowth. It appeared briefly, I took a blurry photo, and it disappeared back into the darkness.

Fri. 7 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

We found a Gould’s Shortwing in a third gully and this time had views lasting a few minutes. Elaine finally got to appreciate this gorgeous bird. As Elaine and I were walking up the road between Da Lu Chang and Jinchang He (金厂河), a Long-tailed Thrush flew from the road into the gully, drawing our attention. I didn’t see the thrush again, but I saw another dark spot, and that dark spot was a Gould’s Shortwing. We had the privilege of watching it forage for a few minutes. When the shortwing finally disappeared, we hastily set up the tent, awaiting its return. It never returned. While in the tent, Elaine saw a Zoothera, possibly the same Long-tailed Thrush that led us into this gully. The bird turned up less than a meter from the tent. Elaine looked it in the eye. I missed the treat, staying frozen near the camera. The Zoothera crunched the leaves near us for several minutes, and even once bumped into the tent. Then it too disappeared.

Da Lu Chang, Baihualing.
Da Lu Chang, Baihualing.

Jon Hornbuckle, a British birder and one of my partners in 2013 on a trip to Shaanxi and Sichuan, has been interested in Elaine’s and my discovery of the Gould’s Shortwing. Jon has seen or heard more species of bird than anyone in the history of the world, but he hasn’t yet seen the Gould’s Shortwing. Here’s what I wrote to Jon about finding the Gould’s Shortwing: “We studied others’ Gaoligongshan reports (Björn Anderson, Paul Holt). Anderson said he used playback at every creek at Gaoligongshan and finally found the Gould’s. I determined to do the same. At Baihualing, following Paul Holt’s report, we parked at the abandoned two-story house on the mountain (at Da Lu Chang). This house is easy to find; it’s the largest man-made structure once you leave Baihualing Village, and it has a roof and three walls. To get to the derelict house, drive about 3 km from the police station at Baihualing Village. A cobblestone road leads you uphill from the station. The cobblestone road eventually degrades into a dirt track but is drivable to the abandoned house, even with our low-clearance, 2WD van. A birder without his own car would have to find a guide-driver to take him to the abandoned house. Elaine and I parked at the house. At the house there is a small sign that says ‘南斋公房’ (Nanzhai Gongfang). There is also a much larger sign explaining the regulations to be observed in the national park. From the abandoned house, Elaine and I continued up the dirt road on foot, heading in the direction of Jīnchǎng Hé. Gullies cross the road, sloping downhill from the left-hand side (the ‘left-hand side’ if you’re walking uphill from the house). The first gully is broad and thickly vegetated, and the tiny stream is invisible from the dirt track. Here we found the Gould’s Shortwing without the aid of playback. A Long-tailed Thrush, startled by us, flew left, into the gully. Searching for the thrush, I saw a black speck in my binoculars. It was the shortwing. This bird permitted us to view and photograph it for a few minutes before disappearing. The day before that incident, a bit farther up from the first gully, we searched for and finally found a Gould’s Shortwing. This creek I have named Waterfall-Pipe Creek; a pipe leads down from this creek, providing water to the villages below; the waterfall is visible from the road. Another 10-minute walk further up is another stream. Here, two days before the Long-tailed Thrush led us to the Gould’s, I saw the Gould’s Shortwing for the very first time. This individual was clearly influenced by our playback. It called back, and it made a wide circle around us and our speaker. If Elaine’s and my experiences with the Gould’s Shortwing are typical, then I would advise anyone looking for the Gould’s Shortwing to search in all the creeks and gullies between Da Lu Chang and Jīnchǎng Hé.”

Sat. 8 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Baihualing.
Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Baihualing.

In preparation for the Baihualing leg of this long birding trip, I kept hearing the same suggestion: “Talk to Mr. Hóu” (侯; +86 135-7755-2830; no English). Mr. Hóu seems to be a kind of district supervisor here at Baihualing. Mr. Hóu oversees a system of blinds in the forest. Elaine and I were not aware of this system when we arrived here, but we are quickly learning the value of these blinds. At Blind 4 today, Elaine and I had close, and in most cases extended, views of Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Red-faced Liocichla, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Bar-throated Minla, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, and half a dozen other species. Most of these birds were drawn to the mealworms, uncooked rice, and water set out for them every day. But not all; the parrotbill breezed through without even a look at the setup, and the 6 Scarlet Finch and Striated Bulbul on a nearby tree never descended.

For the first three days of our stay here at Baihualing, Elaine and I were basically birdwatchers with a big camera; our biggest result was finding Gould’s Shortwings in three creeks. Today, because I so very much need to photograph as many species as possible for my photographic field guide, we focused on photography. To be sure, some of the folks I was shooting with couldn’t tell the difference between a Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher and a Himalayan Bluetail; but although I couldn’t learn much from them, I could at least teach them something. As a birdwatcher, I was thrilled not only to photograph, but also merely to see birds such as the Blue-winged Laughingthrush, one of many target species I hadn’t seen a trace of during three days hiking through the forest. The blinds at Baihualing are a good place to observe some of the most sought-after birds in western Yunnan.

Sun. 9 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Golden Bush Robin, Baihualing.
Golden Bush Robin, Baihualing.

Today, Elaine and I were at Blind 6. Around noon, a bird wave descended on the little clearing there. The frenzy was led by 6 Red-tailed Laughingthrush. These beautiful birds, noisily calling and bathing, attracted Golden Bush Robin, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Black-headed Sibia, 2 Whiskered Yuhina, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Blue-tailed Minla, 2 Chestnut-vented Nuthatches, and 3 Rusty-fronted Barwings. A male and female Large Niltava, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, and 2 Himalayan Bluetail were also in the area. Behind the blind were 5 Buff-barred Warbler. With the frenzy, we packed a day’s worth of birding into 10 minutes.

Chestnut-headed Tesia, Baihualing.
Chestnut-headed Tesia, Baihualing.

Mon. 10 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today at Blind 1, the star bird was the single Chestnut-headed Tesia that lives in the vicinity. During a bird wave, the world’s three species of minla were present simultaneously. We got an image of Himalayan Bluetail. As darkness was falling and after all the other photographers had gone, Elaine and I were rewarded for our persistence with close views of Pygmy Wren-babbler.

Himalayan Bluetail, Baihualing.
Himalayan Bluetail, Baihualing.

Tues. 11 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today at Blind 12, elev. 1850 m, four species of laughingthrush were present simultaneously for 10 glorious minutes. The species: Black-faced Laughingthrush, Assam Laughingthrush, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, and Red-tailed Laughingthrush. Also, Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler were heard near Blind 12 today but did not appear. When the wedge-billed babblers called, I immediately pointed out the significance of the bird to the other photographers in Blind 12. Two of them even learned the call and could whistle it. Everyone in the blind was hoping that the wedge-billeds would appear. Those guys went from not even knowing what a Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler is to waiting with bated breath to see it.

Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Baihualing.
Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Baihualing.

Wed. 12 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today at Blind 10 at Baihualing, Elaine and I saw 18 species, among them our bird of the trip: a single Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler. Our other star today was 2 Moustached Laughingthrush. The Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler stayed only a minute, but that minute made our entire day. After another successful day in the blinds, I’m becoming more and more of a believer in the concept. The young man who guided us to Blind 10 today told us that about eight or nine young men like him serve as bird guides. These guys, all in their 20s and from the area, take photographers to and from the blinds. They probably make an adequate living doing this. Without the photographer-tourists, what would these young men be doing in the Baihualing forest? In more than a week here at Baihualing, I have yet to find bird netting, and I haven’t seen poachers. In other bird-rich but tourist-poor areas in Yunnan, I’ve found netting and seen poachers within hours of my arrival. The local people seem to take pride in their still-beautiful region. I see a glimmer of hope here at Baihualing.

Moustached Laughingthrush, Baihualing.
Moustached Laughingthrush, Baihualing.

Thurs. 13 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today at Blind 3 Elaine and I made a list of the differences between Long-tailed Thrush and Scaly Thrush. Because the two birds have grown used to Blind 3, the area in front of us became a laboratory, where the two Zoothera species could be viewed in action. The most obvious difference may be in the way the two species ambulate: The Scaly creeps, moving one foot in front of the other; the Long-tailed hops, like a typical thrush. At first, the larger Scaly was chasing off the Long-tailed, as well as a single male Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush. Interestingly, the Scaly was not driving off the smaller Bar-throated Minla and Stripe-throated Yuhina that were coming down to drink and bathe. Apparently the Scaly can distinguish between birds that compete with it for food and birds that do not. As the forest darkened, the Scaly ceased driving off the Long-tailed. Another favorite today was 2 Yellow-browed Tit.

Yellow-browed Tit, Baihualing.
Yellow-browed Tit, Baihualing.

Fri. 14 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Baihualing is full of natural goodness. There’s a hot spring a 30-minute walk from the parking lot above the village. Today, Valentine’s Day, after many hard days birding, Elaine and I decided to relax at the hot spring. I took my equipment and birded the way down. Our main target was the Scarlet Finches that Elaine and I saw high in a tree last week but have yet to photograph. This morning, one or perhaps two “Blood Finches” (Chinese for “Scarlet Finch”) were calling downslope but never appeared. Farther down, we added 1 Hume’s Treecreeper to our trip list. Stopping briefly at Blind 4, we found a pair of Red-faced Liocichlas and a Pygmy Wren-babbler. Further down, near the little waterfall, in habitat perfect for a wren-babbler, we weren’t surprised to hear another Pygmy Wren-babbler making its “tsk” call. The hot spring proved that there are still some good things in life that are absolutely free. For no cost except the wear on our legs to get there, we bathed and swam for two hours in the clear, warm water.

Red-faced Liocichla, Baihualing.
Red-faced Liocichla, Baihualing.

After the swim, feeling completely refreshed, I studied the 2 Spotted Forktail living near the spring. I noted their course through the area and memorized the rocks they were alighting on. As today was supposed to be an off day, I hadn’t taken my tent and camouflage to the hot spring. I decided to try anyway for high-quality photos of my fifth and final species of forktail in China. I crawled onto a rock in the middle of the creek and trained my lens on my target rock. I guessed correctly; within 20 minutes, a Spotted Forktail landed on my target rock, and just like that I’d got my photos. On this Yunnan trip, Elaine and I have had close encounters with all five species of forktail in China. A walk back up to the car netted us clear views of a Grey-bellied Tesia. Elaine sound-recorded its constant call.

Sat. 15 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Elaine and I saw and sound-recorded a Bay Woodpecker. A good piece of birding on my part netted me this new species. After sundown, Elaine and I were still at Jiujiezi. A bird with a head lighter than its mainly brownish body flew across the open area, laughing hysterically. I noted its undulating flight, characteristic of a woodpecker. The bird alighted in the darkness somewhere. Its squirrel-like cackling was coming from the top or middle of a tree. No photo was possible, but my handy Olympus DM-640 captured the laughter and the cackling. My visual impression combined with my recording made ID a simple task. Scanning the woodpeckers in Robson’s Birds of Southeast Asia, I came across Bay Woodpecker. Robson’s succinct description of its voice was useful: “harsh descending laughter.” All that was needed now was to match the recording on my device with the recordings of Bay Woodpecker on my iPhone. The match was perfect.

Sun. 16 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today, for the first time since arriving in Yunnan on 15 Jan., rain interrupted our birding. But even the early end to our day couldn’t stop the flow of new species into our trip list. Our new birds today were 3 Himalayan Cutia and 5 Streak-throated Barwing. We were at Er Taipo (二台坡), elev. 2230 m. Er Taipo is a 30-minute walk above Jiujiezi on the Cha-Ma Gudao (茶马古道) or “Ancient Tea-Horse Road.” This road, also known as the Southern Silk Road, dates from the 6th century; portions of it are still in use at Baihualing, and one can walk to Tengchong on this road in about nine hours.

Mon. 17 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today, for the first time in about 135 winter birding days in Yunnan (2010, 2012, 2014), I lost an entire day to rain. I switched to desktop birding, working with Elaine to turn our day lists into a trip list. After more than a month in Yunnan, we had much to do.

Tues. 18 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

In the afternoon, after the rain finally let up, an Oriental Magpie-Robin started singing powerfully in the coffee bushes next to the house where Elaine and I are staying. The beautiful song was a summons to action. Above 1600 m, light rain was still falling. A massive bird wave descended on the trees by the side of the road. The wave contained many Yunnan specialties, among them 3 Long-tailed Sibia and 4 Striated Bulbuls. Up above, at Er Taipo, elev. 2230 m, we failed to find our Himalayan Cutia and Streak-throated Barwing. We were consoled by a good view of a Crimson-breasted Woodpecker. As the sun was going down, Elaine and I hurried back down to Jiujiezi. Looking up at the distant ridge, we saw a frosting of snow on the slopes above 3000 m. At Jiujiezi we recorded Stripe-throated Yuhina (00:31; 1.3 MB):

Wed. 19 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Himalyan Cutia on Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào (茶马古道) or 'Ancient Tea-Horse Road.'
Himalyan Cutia on Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào (茶马古道) or ‘Ancient Tea-Horse Road.’

Today, I finally photographed Himalayan Cutia. Elaine and I also found Gould’s Shortwing in our fourth creek here at Baihualing. To photograph the cutias, I carried my 600 mm lens and all my other camera equipment 440 vertical meters up on the Tea-Horse Road, from our parking place at Jiujiezi (1990 m) past Er Taipo (2230 m) and Dà Fēng Bāo (大峰包; 2400 m) to Kàng-Rì Zhànzhēng Yíjì Zhànkēng (抗日战争遗迹-战坑; 2430 m). (The long Chinese name means “Memorial Bomb Crater from the War of Resistance Against Japan.”) Near the bomb crater, we found a pair of cutias. We watched them for about an hour. My camera recorded the birds stripping away bark and lichen to get to the invertebrates inside. Earlier, below Dà Fēng Bāo, Elaine and I played our recording of a Gould’s Shortwing. Within seconds we heard a reply, and a few seconds thereafter the shortwing appeared.

The forest we walked through today was quiet, clean, and of very high quality. Lower down, the forest has obviously been logged, but along the Tea-Horse Road, one sees little evidence of logging. Indeed, there are a good many tall, thick trees decades old. Needless to say, I, having seen so few forests of such quality in China, was enchanted by the place. The romance of the ancient highway, the old route through Burma to India and beyond, only added to our enchantment. Perfect weather, a good partner, an ancient road leading through a healthy forest, and good birds: Life doesn’t get much better than this!

Here’s a Collared Owlet that we heard along the road today (00:32; 1.3 MB):

The voice of Beautiful Sibia is a common sound in the Baihualing forests (00:16; 1 MB):

Thu. 20 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

After having spent a day in all the major blinds in the area, Elaine and I decided to revisit one of the better ones, Blind 10. This was a risky move, because we had already seen all the major birds expected at Blind 10, with the exception of Scaly Laughingthrush. We therefore were placing all our chips on one species. The day turned out to be a rerun of 12 Feb., our first day at Blind 10, the main difference being that this time the Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler only passed through the area, never stopping to bathe. No Scaly Laughingthrush appeared.

Fri. 21 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

The tediousness of Blind 10 yesterday convinced Elaine and me that we’d be better off focusing on more rarely seen birds on the Tea-Horse Road. Today, Elaine and I walked on the ancient road from Jiujiezi to Yellow Bamboo Creek (Huáng Zhú Hé [黄竹河]). The high-quality, little-disturbed forest continues all the way to Yellow Bamboo Creek. We found one of the specialties of the area: 2 Black-headed Shrike-babbler. Nearby, we found their congener, Black-eared Shrike-babbler. We were surprised that between Dà Fēng Bāo and Yellow Bamboo Creek, the Tea-Horse Road barely rises at all (although after Yellow Bamboo Creek, the trail begins a sharp ascent, finally topping out at 3180 m). Since a walk from Jiujiezi to Yellow Bamboo Creek and back takes the better part of a day, the part of the Tea-Horse Road beyond Yellow Bamboo Creek remains beyond the reach of most birders. There is a solution, however, and that is to camp out at the pass above Yellow Bamboo Creek. From 25 Feb. to 1 March, Elaine and I did just that.

Sat. 22 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today, I learned the origin of the word “tesia.” These birds tease ya; they make a lot of noise and shake the vegetation near ya, but they rarely pop out. A Grey-bellied Tesia has set up shop along the Tea-Horse Road near Blind 4, where we waited for him today. Elaine managed to make eye contact with the tesia for just one or two seconds.

Sun. 23 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today, amid the many old-growth trees around Dà Fēng Bāo, Elaine and I got high-quality sound recordings and photos of a Hume’s Treecreeper. The Hume’s is a real Gaoligongshan specialty, in China occurring virtually nowhere else besides Gaoligongshan. We recorded both the explosive call and the rattling call.

explosive call (00:14; 1 MB)

rattling call (00:14; 1 MB)

Hume's Treecreeper, Ancient Tea-Horse Road.
Hume’s Treecreeper, Ancient Tea-Horse Road.

Mon. 24 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Sometimes record shots are the most prized shots of all. Today, I took blurry photos of White-throated Laughingthrush. As Elaine and I were eating lunch at Dà Fēng Bāo, a flock of perhaps 100 of these birds suddenly appeared. They were moving quickly and staying in the upper canopy, and the wave soon crossed the Tea-Horse Road. I followed off-road, carrying my Nikon D3S and 600 mm lens through the forest. Even though there were so many birds, getting a good view of them, much less a photo, was difficult; as soon as I would aim, the birds would fly off. But I knew what I wanted–a record shot at the very least–and I refused to give up. Finally, I managed a few blurry images. At first, I was disappointed, but later, I came to value the images. Because I got the photos, and because they are just clear enough to allow one to determine the species, it is easy enough to tell that the birds are White-throated Laughingthrush. Those few moments were my only experience with that species on the Yunnan trip.

Tues. 25 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Today, we began a four-night trip to the top of the mountains. We started walking at Jiujiezi at 08:00. Making fast time on the Tea-Horse Road, we arrived at Yellow Bamboo Creek at 09:50. We were well ahead of our excellent muleteer, Duàn Shēng Hóng (段生洪; +86 187-2526-9387). Xiǎo Duàn had two mules carrying our stuff; the price is 200 yuan per mule one way, minimum two mules; the round trip, therefore, cost 800 yuan. Sure enough, after Yellow Bamboo Creek the Tea-Horse Road rises steeply. At about 2800 m, we saw the first bits of snow on the ground, we heard the grating calls of Spotted Nutcracker, and we saw Coal Tit. At 12:30 we arrived at our destination, Nanzhai Gongfang (南斋公房), elev. 3180 m. Nanzhai Gongfang is a house built at the pass where the Tea-Horse Road crosses the Gaoligong Mountains. The view to the east is excellent; the Salween Valley spreads before you. To the west, not visible from Nanzhai Gongfang, is Tengchong. At Nanzhai Gongfang, snow still covered the shady areas. The dominant plant up there is a hardy species of yellow bamboo. Our muleteer asked us to set up our tent in the courtyard at Nanzhai Gongfang, to shelter us from the wind; but as the house resembled a garbage dump, I refused, and set up the tent on a terrace above the house. After a rest in the tent, we walked along the ridge. We found a pair of Spotted Laughingthrush and recorded their strange calls (00:12; 975 KB):

Wed. 26 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

When Elaine and I awoke this morning near Nanzhai Gongfang, the walls of our tent were covered with frost, our frozen breath. There are few birds at Nanzhai Gongfang; we realize we’re too early in the season, but I just had to see this place, and in any case we now are finally able to bird the elevations between 2400 m and 3180 m. We headed lower on the eastern side. At 3000 m, we found an Ashy-throated Warbler. At 2990 m, we found a male Green-tailed Sunbird. At 2850 m, we found White-browed Fulvetta. We were amazed at the inquisitiveness and fearlessness of the pair we saw. They sound like this (00:49; 1.6 MB):

White-browed Fulvetta, Baihualing, elev. 2850 m. 26 Feb. 2014.
White-browed Fulvetta, Baihualing, elev. 2850 m.

At Yingke Shan (迎客杉; 2840 m) we found a flock of Red Crossbill. Lower still, where the bamboo grows tall and thick, we found a lively flock of about 20 Fulvous Parrotbill. We descended to 2710 m. We would have gone farther down, but there’s a problem: From about 2700 m down to Yellow Bamboo Creek at 2400 m, much of the Tea-Horse Road resembles a tunnel, with walls on either side, in places more than 2 meters high. The walls make birdwatching difficult, but are themselves fascinating, as they attest to the great age of the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. The walls are made of topsoil that has accumulated on the sides of the road for the past 1,500 years. Because of the hard surface of the road, and because humans and animals using the road trample down any large vegetation, trees don’t grow there, and dead vegetation doesn’t accumulate there; the road therefore remains at the level it was built at 1,500 years ago. But on the sides of the road, trees and other plants grow; as they die and decay, they form topsoil.

Thurs. 27 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Streak-throated Barwing, Baihualing, 27 Feb. 2014. Elev. 2800 m.
Streak-throated Barwing, Baihualing, 27 Feb. 2014. Elev. 2800 m.

We’re still in our tent on the terrace above Nanzhai Gongfang. When I awoke this morning, I found a Himalayan Bluetail and a pair of White-browed Fulvettas near our tent. Elaine and I once again walked toward Baihualing on the Tea-Horse Road, again descending to an elevation of about 2700 m before retracing our steps to Nanzhai Gongfang. Just below Yingke Shan, at an elevation of about 2800 m, we found 4 Grey Crested Tit. A Streak-throated Barwing alighted on a branch and began probing the lichen. Although just 7 meters away, the beautiful bird was unconcerned by me. Elaine and I walked slowly up, being careful not to work up a sweat. At about 3000 m, we found Darjeeling Woodpecker. Eating supper in our tent, I heard honking overhead. I stumbled out and saw 3 Common Crane. The cranes were attempting to cross the Gaoligong Mountains. They were flying in a southwesterly direction. A headwind blowing over the pass kept the cranes above us for a minute or so. The cranes struggled against the headwind, hovering right above us, before finally overcoming the wind and disappearing.

Fri. 28 Feb. 2014
Baihualing

Elaine and I explored the western side of the Gaoligong Mountains. Leaving our camp at Nanzhai Gongfang, we followed the Tea-Horse Road toward Tengchong. We descended to about 2700 m before turning back. The highlight of the day was photographing a Black-browed Bushtit and Black-faced Laughingthrush drawn to fruiting trees at 2890 m. We also had female Temminck’s Tragopan at 2940 m. The western side is steeper than the eastern side. Below the pass and for a few hundred meters in elevation thereafter, the Tea-Horse Road runs parallel to a creek in a narrow gorge. The western side seems to be windier than the eastern side; at least, the wind was blowing strongly today. As was the case yesterday, Elaine and I saw no one all day; the last human beings we saw were three hikers on Wednesday.

Sat. 1 March 2014
Tengchong

Today, our 46th day of the trip, I only reluctantly left the mountaintop and loaded my equipment onto the mules. Even after letting go of my camera, I still carried my Olympus DM-650, using it to acquire an excellent set of recordings of a Yellow-cheeked Tit (00:22; 1.1 MB):

We also found this Golden-throated Barbet (00:16; 1 MB):

At Jiujiezi, a driver sent by Duàn Lǎo Dì was waiting to take us back to the coffee farm and our van. After saying goodbye to the kids and settling up with Xiǎo Gōng, Elaine and I drove to Tengchong.

Sun. 2 March 2014
Shanghai

When we finished using the Chang An, it had 50,175 km on it. On this 47-day trip, Elaine and I drove only 1,525 km, a rate of just 32 km a day. In western Yunnan, one truly gets a lot of bird for the buck. At Tengchong Airport, we returned the van to Xiāo Xù Qīng. Elaine and I got our flight to Kunming, which was under heavy security in the wake of the knife attack by terrorists. We flew back to Shanghai.

Systematic List of Species of Bird Noted in Western Yunnan, China, January-March 2014

Anseriformes: Anatidae

Ruddy Shelduck
赤麻鸭 (chì máyā)
Tadorna ferruginea

2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23 & 2014-01-29

Indian Spot-billed Duck
印缅斑嘴鸭 (yìnmiǎn bānzuǐyā)
Anas poecilorhyncha

2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (200 m) on 2014-01-21

Galliformes: Phasianidae

Hill Partridge
环颈山鹧鸪 (huánjǐng shānzhègū)
Arborophila torqueola

1-3 each day at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01

Rufous-throated Partridge
红喉山鹧鸪 (hónghóu shānzhègū)
Arborophila rufogularis

2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
9 (2 coveys) between Dà Fēng Bāo & Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2420 m) on 2014-02-21

Mountain Bamboo Partridge
棕胸竹鸡 (zōngxiōng zhújī)
Bambusicola fytchii

2 near clearing at Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-05

Temminck’s Tragopan
红腹角雉 (hóngfù jiǎozhì)
Tragopan temminckii

1 female on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2940 m) on 2014-02-28

Red Junglefowl
红原鸡 (hóng yuánjī)
Gallus gallus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23 & 2014-01-28

Pelecaniformes: Ardeidae

Striated Heron
绿鹭 (lǜ lù)
Butorides striata

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-29

Chinese Pond Heron
池鹭 (chílù)
Ardeola bacchus

1-2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, & 2014-01-28

Eastern Cattle Egret
牛背鹭 (niúbèi lù)
Bulbulcus coromandus

3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Intermediate Egret
中白鹭 (zhōng báilù)
Egretta intermedia

3 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Little Egret
白鹭 (báilù)
Egretta garzetta

2-3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23 & 2014-01-28

Suliformes: Phalacrocoracidae

Great Cormorant
普通鸬鹚 (pǔtōng lúcí)
Phalacrocorax carbo

6 at Yingjiang (820 m) on 2014-01-31

Accipitriformes: Accipitridae

Black-winged Kite
黑翅鸢 (hēichì yuān)
Elanus caeruleus

1 at Yingjiang (820 m) on 2014-01-31

Crested Serpent Eagle
蛇鵰 (shédiāo)
Spilornis cheela

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (930 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-26

Black Eagle
林鵰 (líndiāo)
Ictinaetus malayensis

1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-19
1 at Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-21
1 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-23

Eurasian Sparrowhawk
雀鹰 (quèyīng)
Accipiter nisus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22

Himalayan Buzzard
喜山鵟 (xǐshān kuáng)
Buteo burmanicus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22 & 2014-01-28

Gruiformes: Rallidae

White-breasted Waterhen
白胸苦恶鸟 (báixiōng kǔ’ě’niǎo)
Amaurornis phoenicurus

1 in Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22
1-4 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Common Moorhen
黑水鸡 (hēi shuǐjī)
Gallinula chloropus

1-2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, & 2014-01-28

Gruiformes: Gruidae

Common Crane
灰鹤 (huī hè)
Grus grus

3 flying over the pass at Nanzhai Gongfang, Baihualing (3180 m) on 2014-02-27

Charadriiformes: Ibidorhynchidae

Ibisbill
鹮嘴鹬 (huánzuǐ yù)
Ibidorhyncha struthersii

2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (200 m) on 2014-01-21

Charadriiformes: Charadriidae

River Lapwing
距翅麦鸡 (jùchì màijī)
Vanellus duvaucelii

3 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (200 m) on 2014-01-21

Red-wattled Lapwing
肉垂麦鸡 (ròuchuí màijī)
Vanellus indicus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22 & 2014-01-23 (same individual, identifiable by withered tarsus)

Little Ringed Plover
金眶鸻 (jīnkuàng héng)
Charadrius dubius

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (200 m) on 2014-01-21

Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae

Gallinago sp.

2 in Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-21; most likely pin-tailed/Swinhoe’s (supercilium broader than eye-stripe at bill base)
6 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Common Sandpiper
矶鹬 (jī yù)
Actitis hypoleucos

2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (200 m) on 2014-01-21

Columbiformes: Columbidae

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
原鸽 (yuángē)
Columba livia

4 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Speckled Wood Pigeon
点斑林鸽 (diǎnbān língē)
Columba hodgsonii

1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2150 m) on 2014-02-05

Oriental Turtle Dove
山斑鸠 (shān bānjiū)
Streptopelia orientalis

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16 & 2014-02-03
1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22

Spotted Dove
珠颈斑鸠 (zhūjǐng bānjiū)
Spilopelia chinensis

1-2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22 & 2014-01-28
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Common Emerald Dove
绿翅金鸠 (lǜchì jīnjiū)
Chalcophaps indica

1 along road at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (770 m) on 2014-01-24
1 along road at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
1 along road below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18 & 2014-02-21

Mountain Imperial Pigeon
山皇鸠 (shān huángjiū)
Ducula badia

1 heard at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-26
5 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (720 m) on 2014-01-25

Cuculiformes: Cuculidae

Greater Coucal
褐翅鸦鹃 (hèchì yājuān)
Centropus sinensis

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Large Hawk-Cuckoo
鹰鹃 (yīngjuān)
Hierococcyx sparverioides

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1790 m) on 2014-01-16
1 heard at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-01

Strigiformes: Strigidae

Collared Owlet
领鸺鹠 (lǐng xiūliú)
Glaucidium brodiei

1 heard at Zhànkēng, Baihualing (2430 m) on 2014-02-19
1 heard at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-21

owl sp.

1 briefly seen at twilight on utility wire in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21

Trogoniformes: Trogonidae

Red-headed Trogon
红头咬鹃 (hóngtóu yǎojuān)
Harpactes erythrocephalus

1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-18

Coraciiformes: Alcedinidae

White-throated Kingfisher
白胸翡翠 (báixiōng fěicuì)
Halcyon smyrnensis

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22 & 2014-01-23

Common Kingfisher
普通翠鸟 (pǔtōng cuìniǎo)
Alcedo atthis

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23

Crested Kingfisher
冠鱼狗 (guān yúgǒu)
Megaceryle lugubris

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Pied Kingfisher
斑鱼狗 (bān yúgǒu)
Ceryle rudis

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-21 & 2014-01-22

Coraciiformes: Meropidae

Blue-bearded Bee-eater
蓝须夜蜂虎 (lánxū yè fēnghǔ)
Nyctyornis athertoni

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (570 m) on 2014-01-19
3 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (670 m) on 2014-01-20
2 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (540 m) on 2014-01-31

Green Bee-eater
绿喉蜂虎 (lǜhóu fēnghǔ)
Merops orientalis

2-6 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Bucerotiformes: Upupidae

Eurasian Hoopoe
戴胜 (dàishèng)
Upupa epops

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29
1 along road below Baihualing (1430 m) on 2014-02-21

Bucerotiformes: Bucerotidae

Wreathed Hornbill
花冠皱盔犀鸟 (huāguān zhòukuī xīniǎo)
Rhyticeros undulatus

2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (570 m) on 2014-01-19

Piciformes: Megalaimidae

Great Barbet
大拟啄木鸟 (dà nǐzhuómùniǎo)
Megalaima virens

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-01-16
1 heard on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (570 m) on 2014-01-19
1 heard at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
1 heard at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-01
1 heard above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-24

Golden-throated Barbet
金喉拟啄木鸟 (jīnhóu nǐzhuómùniǎo)
Megalaima franklinii

1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07
1 heard at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-03-01

Blue-throated Barbet
蓝喉拟啄木鸟 (lánhóu nǐzhuómùniǎo)
Megalaima asiatica

2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (570 m) on 2014-01-20
1-2 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14

Piciformes: Picidae

Eurasian Wryneck
蚁䴕 (yǐ liè)
Jynx torquilla

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (240 m) on 2014-01-29

Speckled Piculet
斑姬啄木鸟 (bānjī zhuómùniǎo)
Picumnus innominatus

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (930 m) on 2014-01-25

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
星头啄木鸟 (xīngtóuzhuómùniǎo)
Dendrocopos canicapillus

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16

Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
纹胸啄木鸟 (wénxiōng zhuómùniǎo)
Dendrocopos atratus

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (930 m) on 2014-01-24

Crimson-breasted Woodpecker
赤胸啄木鸟 (chìxiōng zhuómùniǎo)
Dendrocopos cathpharius

1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16 & 2014-02-18
1 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21 & 2014-02-23

Darjeeling Woodpecker
黄颈啄木鸟 (huángjǐng zhuómùniǎo)
Dendrocopos darjellensis

1 above Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-03-01

Lesser Yellownape
黄冠啄木鸟 (huángguānzhuómùniǎo)
Picus chlorolophus

2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-19

Bay Woodpecker
黄嘴栗啄木鸟 (huángzuǐ lìzhuómùniǎo)
Blythipicus pyrrhotis

1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-15
1 heard at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-19

Passeriformes: Eurylaimidae

Silver-breasted Broadbill
银胸阔嘴鸟 (yínxiōng kuòzuǐniǎo)
Serilophus lunatus

Flock of 4 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (670 m) on 2014-01-20

Passeriformes: Tephrodornithidae

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
褐背鹟䴗 (hèbèi wēngjú)
Hemipus picatus

3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (780 m) on 2014-01-25
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
3 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1540 m) on 2014-02-14

Passeriformes: Campephagidae

Large Cuckooshrike
大鹃䴗 (dà juānjú)
Coracina macei

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16

Black-winged Cuckooshrike
暗灰鹃䴗 (ànhuī juānjú)
Coracina melaschistos

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25

Grey-chinned Minivet
灰喉山椒鸟 (huīhóu shānjiāoniǎo)
Pericrocotus solaris

3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24
2 below Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2330 m) on 2014-02-05
6 at parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-08

Scarlet Minivet
赤红山椒鸟 (chìhóng shānjiāoniǎo)
Pericrocotus speciosus

4 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (480 m) on 2014-01-17
5 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24
3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
5 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-26
4 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (420 m) on 2014-01-30
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-01

Passeriformes: Laniidae

Long-tailed Shrike
棕背伯劳 (zōngbèi bóláo)
Lanius schach tricolor

1 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-20
2 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21
2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (700 m) on 2014-01-25
1 along road above Baihualing (1520 m) on 2014-02-07

Grey-backed Shrike
灰背伯劳 (huībèi bóláo)
Lanius tephronotus

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02

Passeriformes: Vireonidae

White-bellied Erpornis
白腹凤鹛 (báifù fèngméi)
Erpornis zantholeuca

2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (670 m) on 2014-01-20

Black-headed Shrike-babbler
棕腹䴗鹛 (zōngfù júméi)
Pteruthius rufiventer

2 each day near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21 & 2014-02-23
2 above Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2880 m) on 2014-03-01
2 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-03-01

Blyth’s Shrike-babbler
红翅䴗鹛 (hóngchì júméi)
Pteruthius aeralatus

2 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08

Black-eared Shrike-babbler
栗喉䴗鹛 (lìhóu júméi)
Pteruthius melanotis

2 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21
1 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-23

Passeriformes: Oriolidae

Slender-billed Oriole
细嘴黄鹂 (xìzuǐ huánglí)
Oriolus tenuirostris

3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Maroon Oriole
朱鹂 (zhū lí)
Oriolus traillii

6 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (550 m) on 2014-01-19
4 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (570 m) on 2014-01-20
4-7 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24, 2014-01-25, & 2014-01-26
1 heard at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-25

Passeriformes: Dicruridae

Ashy Drongo
灰卷尾 (huī juǎnwěi)
Dicrurus leucophaeus hopwoodi

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
4 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2150 m) on 2014-02-05
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20

Bronzed Drongo
古铜色卷尾 (gǔtóngsè juǎnwěi)
Dicrurus aeneus

3 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17
3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22
2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23
1-4 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
1 at parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-14
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-22

Hair-crested Drongo
发冠卷尾 (fàguān juǎnwěi)
Dicrurus hottentottus

3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-19
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
大盘尾 (dà pánwěi)
Dicrurus paradiseus

2 each day on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-19

Passeriformes: Rhipiduridae

White-throated Fantail
白喉扇尾鹟 (báihóu shànwěiwēng)
Rhipidura albicollis

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
2 each day near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-05 & 2014-02-06
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-24

Passeriformes: Monarchidae

Black-naped Monarch
黑枕王鹟 (hēizhěn wángwēng)
Hypothymis azurea

1 near Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (320 m) on 2014-01-17

Passeriformes: Corvidae

Eurasian Jay
松鸦 (sōngyā)
Garrulus glandarius

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16

Grey Treepie
灰树鹊 (huī shùquè)
Dendrocitta formosae

7 (5 heard only) between Da Lu Chang & Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (1850-2350 m) on 2014-02-05
1 heard at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-19
1 heard at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20
2 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-24

Spotted Nutcracker
星鸦 (xīng yā)
Nucifraga caryocatactes

3 heard above Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2900 m) on 2014-02-25
2 above Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2850 m) on 2014-02-27

Large-billed Crow
大嘴乌鸦 (dàzuǐ wūyā)
Corvus macrorhynchos

2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23 & 2014-01-29
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Passeriformes: Stenostiridae

Yellow-bellied Fantail
黄腹扇尾鹟 (huángfù shànwěiwēng)
Chelidorhynx hypoxantha

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17
1-2 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
1 below clearing at Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2330 m) on 2014-02-05
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
2 above Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2440 m) on 2014-03-01

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
方尾鹟 (fāngwěi wēng)
Culicicapa ceylonensis

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
1-2 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
2 each day above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-19 & 2014-02-24
2-3 each day below Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2340 m) on 2014-02-21 & 2014-02-24

Passeriformes: Paridae

Yellow-browed Tit
黄眉林雀 (huángméi línquè)
Sylviparus modestus

2 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-24
2 on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2920 m) on 2014-02-28

Coal Tit
煤山雀 (méi shānquè)
Periparus ater

3 each day at Lǎn Bǎndèng, Baihualing (2990 m) on 2014-02-26 & 2014-03-01
2 above Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2850 m) on 2014-02-26

Grey Crested Tit
褐冠山雀 (hèguān shānquè)
Lophophanes dichrous

2 below Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2800 m) on 2014-02-27

Japanese Tit
远东山雀 (yuǎndōng shānquè)
Parus minor tibetanus

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-02
1 at parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-14
1 at farm below Baihualing (1400 m) on 2014-02-24

Green-backed Tit
绿背山雀 (lǜbèi shānquè)
Parus monticolus

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
2 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07 & 2014-02-15

Yellow-cheeked Tit
黄颊山雀 (huángjiá shānquè)
Machlolophus spilonotus

1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2150 m) on 2014-02-05
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-23
1 above Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2440 m) on 2014-03-01

Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae

Crested Finchbill
凤头雀嘴鹎 (fèngtóu quèzuǐbēi)
Spizixos canifrons

1 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (1500 m) on 2014-01-31

Striated Bulbul
纵纹绿鹎 (zòngwén lǜbēi)
Pycnonotus striatus

1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
2 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14
4 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18

Black-crested Bulbul
黑冠黄鹎 (hēiguān huángbēi)
Pycnonotus flaviventris

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02

Red-whiskered Bulbul
红耳鹎 (hóng’ěr bēi)
Pycnonotus jocosus

1 in Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-21
1 along road below Baihualing (1500 m) on 2014-02-13
3 along Salween River on 2014-03-01

Brown-breasted Bulbul
黄臀鹎 (huángtún bēi)
Pycnonotus xanthorrhous

7 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (1370 m) on 2014-01-31
18 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
1 in Tengchong (1600 m) on 2014-02-04

Red-vented Bulbul
黑喉红臀鹎 (hēihóu hóngtúnbēi)
Pycnonotus cafer

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
3 each day on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (350 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-19
4-6 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, & 2014-01-29
5 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02
5 in Tengchong (1600 m) on 2014-02-04
1 along road below Baihualing (1300 m) on 2014-02-11 & 2014-03-01

Flavescent Bulbul
黄绿鹎 (huánglǜ bēi)
Pycnonotus flavescens

3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26
2 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (540 m) on 2014-01-31
2 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14

White-throated Bulbul
黄腹冠鹎 (huángfù guānbēi)
Alophoixus flaveolus

5 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (430 m) on 2014-01-17
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26

Grey-eyed Bulbul
灰眼短脚鹎 (huīyǎn duǎnjiǎobēi)
Iole propinqua

4-5 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25

Mountain Bulbul
绿翅短脚鹎 (lǜchì duǎnjiǎobēi)
Ixos mcclellandii

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-26
7 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-01
3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-02
12 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
2-6 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
3 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-22

Ashy Bulbul
灰短脚鹎 (huī duǎnjiǎobēi)
Hemixos flavala

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24
3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (770 m) on 2014-01-25
3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (740 m) on 2014-01-26

Black Bulbul
黑短脚鹎 (hēi duǎnjiǎobēi)
Hypsipetes leucocephalus

17 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
19 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17
26 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
ca. 15 each day on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (570 m) on 2014-01-19 & 2014-01-20
10-12 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24, 2014-01-25, & 2014-01-26
8 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Passeriformes: Hirundinidae

Grey-throated Martin
褐喉沙燕 (hèhóu shāyàn)
Riparia chinensis

ca. 10-20 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28 & 2014-01-29
ca. 15 at Yingjiang (820 m) on 2014-01-31

Barn Swallow
家燕 (jiā yàn)
Hirundo rustica

ca. 20 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21
23 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23
1 at farm below Baihualing (1400 m) on 2014-02-18

Wire-tailed Swallow
线尾燕 (xiànwěi yàn)
Hirundo smithii

4-5 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28 & 2014-01-29

Striated Swallow
斑腰燕 (bānyāo yàn)
Cecropis striolata

11 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (550 m) on 2014-01-20
7 flying above Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-30

Passeriformes: Pnoepygidae

Pygmy Wren-babbler
小鳞胸鹪鹛 (xiǎo línxiōngjiāoméi)
Pnoepyga pusilla

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (350 m) on 2014-01-20
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m), & 1 heard near hot spring below Blind 4, Baihualing (1470 m) on 2014-02-14

Passeriformes: Cettiidae

Yellow-bellied Warbler
黄腹鹟莺 (huángfù wēngyīng)
Abroscopus superciliaris

3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (900 m) on 2014-01-24
1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
2 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11

Black-faced Warbler
黑脸鹟莺 (hēiliǎn wēngyīng)
Abroscopus schisticeps

3-4 each day near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-05 & 2014-02-07
1 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21 & 2014-02-23
3 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-24
4 below Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2830 m) on 2014-02-26

Brown-flanked Bush Warbler
强脚树莺 (qiángjiǎo shùyīng)
Horornis fortipes

1 (ssp. davidiana? fortipes?) at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20

Grey-bellied Tesia
灰腹地莺 (huīfù dìyīng)
Tesia cyaniventer

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-18
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1540 m) on 2014-02-14 & 2014-02-22

Chestnut-headed Tesia
栗头地莺 (lìtóu dìyīng)
Cettia castaneocoronata

1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10

Passeriformes: Aegithalidae

Black-throated Bushtit
红头长尾山雀 (hóngtóu chángwěishānquè)
Aegithalos concinnus

5 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
3 near Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13

Black-browed Bushtit
黑眉长尾山雀 (hēiméi chángwěishānquè)
Aegithalos bonvaloti

3 on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2890 m) on 2014-02-28

Passeriformes: Phylloscopidae

Smoky Warbler
烟柳莺 (yān liǔyīng)
Phylloscopus fuligiventer weigoldi

ca. 10 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Buff-barred Warbler
橙斑翅柳莺 (chéngbānchì liǔyīng)
Phylloscopus pulcher

4-5 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
4-8 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
2 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11

Ashy-throated Warbler
灰喉柳莺 (huīhóu liǔyīng)
Phylloscopus maculipennis

3 near parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 above Lǎn Bǎndèng, Baihualing (3000 m) on 2014-02-26 & 2014-03-01
4 on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2890 m) on 2014-02-28

Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
黄腰柳莺 (huángyāoliǔyīng)
Phylloscopus proregulus

1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10

Greenish Warbler
暗绿柳莺 (àn lǜliǔyīng)
Phylloscopus trochiloides

3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16

Sichuan Leaf Warbler
四川柳莺 (sìchuān liǔyīng)
Phylloscopus forresti

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10

Member of Seicercus warbler or “golden spectacled warbler” complex

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-26

Passeriformes: Locustellidae

Striated Grassbird
沼泽大尾莺 (zhǎozé dàwěiyīng)
Megalurus palustris

2 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21
2-3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Passeriformes: Cisticolidae

Hill Prinia
黑喉山鹪莺 (hēihóu shānjiāoyīng)
Prinia superciliaris

1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-16
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20

Rufescent Prinia
暗冕鹪莺 (ànmiǎn jiāoyīng)
Prinia rufescens

2-7 each day in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-21

Plain Prinia
褐头鹪莺 (hètóu jiāoyīng)
Prinia inornata

2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22

Common Tailorbird
长尾缝叶莺 (chángwěi féngyèyīng)
Orthotomus sutorius

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (240 m) on 2014-01-22

Passeriformes: Timaliidae

Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler
斑胸钩嘴鹛 (bānxiōng gōuzuǐméi)
Pomatorhinus gravivox

3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1790 m) on 2014-01-16

Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
棕颈钩嘴鹛 (zōngjǐng gōuzuǐméi)
Pomatorhinus ruficollis

2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
2 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
2 heard above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2340 m) on 2014-02-19
8 (5 heard only) between Er Taipo and Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2230-2450 m) on 2014-02-21
3 at Zhànkēng, Baihualing (2430 m) on 2014-02-23
2 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-03-01

Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler
红嘴钩嘴鹛 (hóngzuǐ gōuzuǐméi)
Pomatorhinus ferruginosus

4 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-24

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
剑嘴鹛 (jiànzuǐ méi)
Pomatorhinus superciliaris

1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
1 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21 & 2014-02-23

Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler
楔嘴鹩鹛 (xiēzuǐ liáoméi
Sphenocichla roberti

1 heard at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
1 heard near Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
4 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-23

Grey-throated Babbler
黑头穗鹛 (hēitóu suìméi)
Stachyris nigriceps

1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-17
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12

Rufous-capped Babbler
(红头穗鹛 (hóngtóu suìméi)
Stachyridopsis ruficeps

2 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-06
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-19 & 2014-02-24

Passeriformes: Pellorneidae

Rufous-winged Fulvetta
栗头雀鹛 (lìtóu quèméi)
Alcippe castaneceps

12 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-05
4-5 each day above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-19, 2014-02-23, & 2014-02-24

Rusty-capped Fulvetta
褐胁雀鹛 (hèxié quèméi)
Alcippe dubia

6 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-05
8 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07
4 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
4 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
5 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
5 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
7 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-22
4 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-24

Yunnan Fulvetta
灰头雀鹛 (huītóu quèméi)
Alcippe fratercula

6 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-05
9 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06
5 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
8 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
8 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
5 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
8 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
5 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-14
5 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16
4 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-23

Puff-throated Babbler
棕头幽鹛 (zōngtóu yōuméi)
Pellorneum ruficeps

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-20
4 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (450 m) on 2014-01-21

Passeriformes: Leiothrichidae

White-crested Laughingthrush
白冠噪鹛 (báiguān zàoméi)
Garrulax leucolophus

Flock of ca. 10 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-19 & 2014-01-20

Moustached Laughingthrush
灰翅噪鹛 (huīchì zàoméi)
Garrulax cineraceus

2 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
2 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21

Spotted Laughingthrush
眼纹噪鹛 (yǎnwén zàoméi)
Garrulax ocellatus

2 near Nanzhai Gongfang, Baihualing (3180 m) on 2014-02-25

White-throated Laughingthrush
白喉噪鹛 (báihóu zàoméi)
Garrulax albogularis

Impressive flock of ca. 100 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-24

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
小黑领噪鹛 (xiǎo hēilǐngzàoméi)
Garrulax monileger

5 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (770 m) on 2014-01-25

Black-throated Laughingthrush
黑喉噪鹛 (hēihóu zàoméi)
Garrulax chinensis

4 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2180 m) on 2014-02-06

Rufous-necked Laughingthrush
栗颈噪鹛 (lìjǐng zàoméi)
Garrulax ruficollis

Flock of ca. 12 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, & 2014-01-29

Grey-sided Laughingthrush
灰胁噪鹛 (huīxié zàoméi)
Garrulax caerulatus

1 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
1 near Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2350 m) on 2014-02-21

White-browed Laughingthrush
白颊噪鹛 (báijiá zàoméi)
Garrulax sannio

5 along road below Baihualing (860 m) on 2014-02-23

Blue-winged Laughingthrush
蓝翅噪鹛 (lánchì zàoméi)
Trochalopteron squamatum

5 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08

Black-faced Laughingthrush
黑顶噪鹛 (hēidǐng zàoméi)
Trochalopteron affine

8 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
4 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-16 & 2014-02-19
4 at Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-21
3 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-24
6 on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2890 m) on 2014-02-28

Assam Laughingthrush
金翅噪鹛 (jīnchì zàoméi)
Trochalopteron chrysopterum woodi

2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
2 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16

Red-tailed Laughingthrush
赤尾噪鹛 (chìwěi zàoméi)
Trochalopteron milnei

5 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
3 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
9 near Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
7 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16
9 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20

Himalayan Cutia
斑胁姬鹛 (bānxié jīméi)
Cutia nipalensis

2 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16
2 at Zhànkēng, Baihualing (2430 m) on 2014-02-19
6 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-24

Blue-winged Minla
蓝翅希鹛 (lánchì xīméi)
Minla cyanouroptera

2 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
3 near parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-06
1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
2 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11

Bar-throated Minla
斑喉希鹛 (bānhóu xīméi)
Minla strigula

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-01
2 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07
3 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
ca. 10 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
2 below Zhànkēng, Baihualing (2420 m) on 2014-02-19
3 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20
4 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-23

Red-tailed Minla
火尾希鹛 (huǒwěi xīméi)
Minla ignotincta

3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1800 m) on 2014-01-16
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-01
4 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10

Red-faced Liocichla
灰头薮鹛 (huītóu sǒuméi)
Liocichla phoenicea

3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1900 m) on 2014-02-01
4 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
3 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
2 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-14

Rusty-fronted Barwing
锈额斑翅鹛 (xiù’é bānchìméi)
Actinodura egertoni

5 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
2 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
2 near Blind 4 at Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14
5 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-19 & 2014-02-24
4 below Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2310 m) on 2014-02-21

Streak-throated Barwing
纹胸斑翅鹛 (wénxiōng bānchìméi)
Actinodura waldeni

1-2 each day at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16, 2014-02-19, & 2014-02-24
2 below Nanzhai Gongfang, Baihualing (3100 m) on 2014-02-26
2 below Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2800 m) on 2014-02-27

Silver-eared Mesia
银耳相思鸟 (yín’ěr xiāngsīniǎo)
Leiothrix argentauris

Flock of ca. 30 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-26
3 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
4 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18
6 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-22

Red-billed Leiothrix
红嘴相思鸟 (hóngzuǐ xiāngsīniǎo)
Leiothrix lutea

ca. 30 (in 3 flocks) between Er Taipo and Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2230-2400 m) on 2014-02-21
Flock of ca. 10 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01

Grey Sibia
灰奇鹛 (huī qíméi)
Heterophasia gracilis

1 below clearing at Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2330 m) on 2014-02-05

Black-headed Sibia
黑顶奇鹛 (hēidǐng qíméi)
Heterophasia desgodinsi

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
1-2 each day at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-02 & 2014-02-03
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
1 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-11
1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
2 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18

Beautiful Sibia
丽色奇鹛 (lìsè qíméi)
Heterophasia pulchella

6 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
1 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
4 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18
ca. 30 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16, 2014-02-18, 2014-02-19, 2014-02-23, 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01
4 above Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-03-01

Long-tailed Sibia
长尾奇鹛 (chángwěi qíméi)
Heterophasia picaoides

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
2 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
4 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-22

Passeriformes: Sylviidae

Golden-breasted Fulvetta
金胸雀鹛 (jīnxiōng quèméi)
Lioparus chrysotis

2 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-19

White-browed Fulvetta
白眉雀鹛 (báiméi quèméi)
Fulvetta vinipectus

2 above Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2850 m) on 2014-02-26
2 each day at Nanzhai Gongfang, Baihualing (3180 m) on 2014-02-28 & 2014-03-01

Brown-winged Parrotbill
褐翅鸦雀 (hèchì yāquè)
Sinosuthora brunnea

5 heard at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-02
4-6 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07

Fulvous Parrotbill
黄额鸦雀 (huáng’é yāquè)
Suthora fulvifrons

Flock of ca. 20 below Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2830 m) on 2014-02-26 & 2014-03-01

White-breasted Parrotbill
白胸鸦雀 (báixiōng yāquè)
Psittiparus ruficeps

3 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (900 m) on 2014-01-24

Grey-headed Parrotbill
灰头鸦雀 (huītóu yāquè)
Psittiparus gularis

8 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09

Spot-breasted Parrotbill
点胸鸦雀 (diǎnxiōng yāquè)
Paradoxornis guttaticollis

1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08

Passeriformes: Zosteropidae

Whiskered Yuhina
黄颈凤鹛 (huángjǐng fèngméi)
Yuhina flavicollis

8 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
7 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-01
6 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-02
15 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
3 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
3 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
3 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
4 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m)
ca. 20 each day at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16, 2014-02-18, 2014-02-19, 2014-02-23, 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01
2 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-20

Stripe-throated Yuhina
纹喉凤鹛 (wénhóu fèngméi)
Yuhina gularis

ca. 10 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
10 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
5 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
4 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
5 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
ca. 20 each day at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16, 2014-02-18, 2014-02-19, 2014-02-23, 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01
4 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-22
5 on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2750 m and 2890 m) on 2014-02-28
2 below Nanzhai Gongfang (3000 m) on 2014-03-01

Rufous-vented Yuhina
棕肛凤鹛 (zōngāng fèngméi)
Yuhina occipitalis

6 each day at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-02 and 2014-02-03
8 near parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-06
12 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07
4 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
ca. 30 each day at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16, 2014-02-18, 2014-02-19, 2014-02-23, 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01

white-eye sp.
Zosterops japonicus or Z. palpebrosus

ca. 10 each day at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-01, 2014-02-02 & 2014-02-03
4-7 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11

Passeriformes: Sittidae

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
栗臀䴓 (lìtún shī)
Sitta nagaensis

4 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1730 m) on 2014-02-02
2 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
2 at parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-08
2 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
2 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
2 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-19
2 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-22

White-tailed Nuthatch
白尾䴓 (báiwěi shī)
Sitta himalayensis

Bird photographed on 2014-03-01 above Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2400 m) was prob. this species (uniform [unscalloped] orange-cinammon undertail coverts, in contradistinction to mainly white, orange-scalloped undertail coverts of chestnut-bellied nuthatch)

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
绒额䴓 (róng’é shī)
Sitta frontalis

2 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25

Passeriformes: Certhiidae

Hume’s Treecreeper
休氏旋木雀 (xiūshì xuánmùquè)
Certhia manipurensis

1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1540 m) on 2014-02-14
2 each day at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-23 & 2014-03-01
1 heard at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-24

Passeriformes: Sturnidae

Collared Myna
白领八哥 (báilǐng bāgē)
Acridotheres albocinctus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Common Myna
家八哥 (jiā bāgē)
Acridotheres tristis

2 in Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Vinous-breasted Starling
红嘴椋鸟 (hóngzuǐ liángniǎo)
Acridotheres burmannicus

2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Pied Myna
斑椋鸟 (bān liángniǎo)
Gracupica contra

2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-28

Passeriformes: Turdidae

Himalayan Thrush
光背地鸫 (guāngbèi dìdōng)
Zoothera salimalii

1 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1850 m) on 2014-02-04, 2014-02-05, 2014-02-06, & 2014-02-07

Long-tailed Thrush
长尾地鸫 (chángwěi dìdōng)
Zoothera dixoni

1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1850 m) on 2014-02-06
1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
2 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
1 near hot spring below Blind 4, Baihualing (1470 m) on 2014-02-14
1 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-25

Scaly Thrush
虎斑地鸫 (hǔbān dìdōng)
Zoothera dauma

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-01
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13

Black-breasted Thrush
黑胸鸫 (hēixiōng dōng)
Turdus dissimilis

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
ca. 10 each day at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-01 & 2014-02-02

Chestnut Thrush
灰头鸫 (huītóu dōng)
Turdus rubrocanus

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-01 & 2014-02-02
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Passeriformes: Muscicapidae

Gould’s Shortwing
栗背短翅鸫 (lìbèi duǎnchìdōng)
Heteroxenicus stellatus

1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2150 m) on 2014-02-05
1 heard near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2100 m) on 2014-02-05
1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2100 m) on 2014-02-06
1 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2050 m) on 2014-02-07
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2340 m) on 2014-02-19

Himalayan Bluetail
蓝眉林鸲 (lánméi línqú)
Tarsiger rufilatus

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (930 m) on 2014-01-24
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-26
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02
3 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1850 m) on 2014-02-04
10 between Da Lu Chang and Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (1850-2350 m) on 2014-02-05
1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
2 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
2 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
2 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
1 near hot spring below Blind 4, Baihualing (1470 m) on 2014-02-14
1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16
1 between Dà Fēng Bāo and Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2420 m) on 2014-02-21
1 below Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2830 m) on 2014-02-26
1 at Nanzhai Gongfang, Baihualing (3180 m) on 2014-02-28
1 above Huáng Zhú Hé, Baihualing (2440 m) on 2014-03-01

Golden Bush Robin
金色林鸲 (jīnsè línqú)
Tarsiger chrysaeus

1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09

Oriental Magpie-Robin
鹊鸲 (quèqú)
Copsychus saularis

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
2 each day in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-21
2-3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29
1 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (1400 m) on 2014-01-31
1 in Tengchong (1600 m) on 2014-02-04
1 at parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-14
1 at farm below Baihualing (1400 m) on 2014-02-18

White-rumped Shama
白腰鹊鸲 (báiyāo quèqú)
Copsychus malabaricus

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (670 m) on 2014-01-20

Daurian Redstart
北红尾鸲 (běi hóngwěiqú)
Phoenicurus auroreus

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06
1 along road below Baihualing (1400 m) on 2014-03-01

Blue-fronted Redstart
蓝额红尾鸲 (lán’é hóngwěiqú)
Phoenicurus frontalis

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-01-16
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1910 m) on 2014-02-01
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02
3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06, 2014-02-07, & 2014-03-01

Plumbeous Water Redstart
红尾水鸲 (hóngwěi shuǐqú)
Phoenicurus fuliginosus

1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-17, 2014-01-29, & 2014-01-30
2 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21
1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22

White-capped Redstart
白顶溪鸲 (báidǐng xīqú)
Phoenicurus leucocephalus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23 & 2014-01-27
1 near hot spring below Blind 4, Baihualing (1470 m) on 2014-02-14

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
栗腹矶鸫 (lìfù jīdōng)
Monticola rufiventris

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-02-02
1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06
2 each day at parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-08 & 2014-02-19
2 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
1 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-18 & 2014-02-21

White-tailed Robin
白尾蓝地鸲 (báiwěi lándìqú)
Myiomela leucura

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-18 & 2014-01-19

Blue Whistling Thrush
紫啸鸫 (zǐxiàodōng)
Myophonus caeruleus eugenei

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-18
1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-21, 2014-01-22, & 2014-01-23
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (900 m) on 2014-01-24
1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06
1 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1800 m) on 2014-02-11
1 below Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (1850 m) on 2014-02-19 & 2014-02-23

Little Forktail
小燕尾 (xiǎo yànwěi)
Enicurus scouleri

1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (350 m) on 2014-01-21, 2014-01-29, & 2014-01-30
1 near hot spring below Blind 4, Baihualing (1470 m) on 2014-02-14

Black-backed Forktail
黑背燕尾 (hēibèi yànwěi)
Enicurus immaculatus

1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-30
3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, & 2014-01-28

Slaty-backed Forktail
灰背燕尾 (huībèi yànwěi)
Enicurus schistaceus

2 each day on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-17, 2014-01-29, & 2014-01-30
2 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (600 m) on 2014-01-31

White-crowned Forktail
白冠燕尾 (báiguān yànwěi)
Enicurus leschenaulti

1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-30

Spotted Forktail
斑背燕尾 (bānbèi yànwěi)
Enicurus maculatus

1 heard at clearing at Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-05
2 near hot spring below Blind 4, Baihualing (1470 m) on 2014-02-14

Siberian Stonechat
黑喉石鵖 (hēihóu shíjí)
Saxicola maurus

3 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21
2-5 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29
3 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (500-1500 m) on 2014-01-31
1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Pied Bush Chat
白斑黑石鵖 (báibān hēishíjí)
Saxicola caprata

1 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-20
1-2 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-27, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Grey Bush Chat
灰林鵖 (huī línjí)
Saxicola ferreus

2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1800 m) on 2014-01-16
4 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (800 m) on 2014-01-17
6 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (500-1500 m) on 2014-01-31
2 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
3 each day near parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-08

Slaty-backed Flycatcher
锈胸蓝姬鹟 (xiùxiōng lánjīwēng)
Ficedula hodgsonii

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (450 m) on 2014-01-17

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
橙胸姬鹟 (chéngxiōng jīwēng)
Ficedula strophiata

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24, 2014-01-25, & 2014-01-26
1 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (1370 m) on 2014-01-31
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
2 at Blind 12, Baihualing (1840 m) on 2014-02-11
2 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20

Little Pied Flycatcher
小斑姬鹟 (xiǎo bānjīwēng)
Ficedula westermanni

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (670 m) on 2014-01-20

Sapphire Flycatcher
玉头姬鹟 yùtóu jīwēng)
Ficedula sapphira

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24

Hill Blue Flycatcher
山蓝仙鹟 (shān lánxiānwēng)
Cyornis banyumas

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (420 m) on 2014-01-30

White-tailed Flycatcher
白尾蓝仙鹟 (báiwěi lánxiānwēng)
Cyornis concretus

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-18, 2014-01-19, & 2014-01-20

Rufous-bellied Niltava
棕腹仙鹟 (zōngfù xiānwēng)
Niltava sundara

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (710 m) on 2014-01-25
1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
1 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12

Large Niltava
大仙鹟 (dàxiānwēng)
Niltava grandis

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1750 m) on 2014-01-16, 2014-02-01, & 2014-02-02
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08 & 2014-02-14
2 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
3 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
2 each day at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12 & 2014-02-20
1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-23, 2014-02-24, & 2014-03-01

Small Niltava
小仙鹟 (xiǎo xiānwēng)
Niltava macgrigoriae

2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08

Passeriformes: Chloropseidae

Orange-bellied Leafbird
橙腹叶鹎 (chéngfù yèbēi)
Chloropsis hardwickii

2 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (530 m) on 2014-01-19
3 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (670 m) on 2014-01-20
2 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24, 2014-01-25, & 2014-01-26
5 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
1 below clearing at Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2330 m) on 2014-02-05
1 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 at Blind 6, Baihualing (1700 m) on 2014-02-09
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-19

Passeriformes: Dicaeidae

Plain Flowerpecker
纯色啄花鸟 (chúnsè zhuóhuāniǎo)
Dicaeum minullum

1 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
红胸啄花鸟 (hóngxiōng zhuóhuāniǎo)
Dicaeum ignipectus

1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (780 m) on 2014-01-25

Passeriformes: Nectariniidae

Purple Sunbird
紫色花蜜鸟 (zǐsè huāmìniǎo)
Cinnyris asiaticus

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (240 m) on 2014-01-22

Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird
蓝喉太阳鸟 (lánhóu tàiyángniǎo)
Aethopyga gouldiae

2-3 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24 & 2014-01-25
3 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
1 near Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13

Green-tailed Sunbird
绿喉太阳鸟 (lǜhóu tàiyángniǎo)
Aethopyga nipalensis

3 below Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2330 m) on 2014-02-05
2 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
2-5 each day at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16, 2014-02-18, 2014-02-19, 2014-02-23, 2014-02-24, 2014-02-25, & 2014-03-01
1 at Lǎn Bǎndèng, Baihualing (2990 m) on 2014-02-26 & 2014-03-01
7 on Tengchong side of Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Baihualing (2750-2890 m) on 2014-02-28

Black-throated Sunbird
黑胸太阳鸟 (hēixiōng tàiyángniǎo)
Aethopyga saturata

2 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-25
2 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06
2 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12

Fire-tailed Sunbird
火尾太阳鸟 (huǒwěi tàiyángniǎo)
Aethopyga ignicauda

3 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06 & 2014-02-07
1 at Dà Fēng Bāo, Baihualing (2400 m) on 2014-02-23

Little Spiderhunter
长嘴捕蛛鸟 (chángzuǐ bǔzhūniǎo)
Arachnothera longirostra

1 on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-18
1 heard on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (430 m) on 2014-01-21

Streaked Spiderhunter
纹背捕蛛鸟 (wénbèi bǔzhūniǎo)
Arachnothera magna

3-6 each day on Nabang-Xima Trail, Nabang (500 m) on 2014-01-17, 2014-01-18, & 2014-01-19
2-3 each day at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (940 m) on 2014-01-24, 2014-01-25, & 2014-01-26
1 near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-22

Passeriformes: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
树麻雀 (shù máquè)
Passer montanus

Many noted in Nabang and Tengchong and in nearby villages; none noted at Baihualing

Passeriformes: Estrildidae

White-rumped Munia
白腰文鸟 (báiyāo wénniǎo)
Lonchura striata

3 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23
4 along road below Baihualing (860 m) on 2014-02-23

Scaly-breasted Munia
斑文鸟 (bān wénniǎo)
Lonchura punctulata

Flock of 9 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (240 m) on 2014-01-29

Passeriformes: Prunellidae

Maroon-backed Accentor
栗背岩鹨 (lìbèi yánliù)
Prunella immaculata

2 near Da Lu Chang, Baihualing (2150 m) on 2014-02-05
3 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13

Passeriformes: Motacillidae

Citrine Wagtail
黄头鹡鸰 (huángtóu jílíng)
Motacilla citreola

1 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-22, 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Grey Wagtail
灰鹡鸰 (huī jílíng)
Motacilla cinerea

2 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-21
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (700 m) on 2014-01-25
1 on Nabang Creek, Nabang (400 m) on 2014-01-30

White Wagtail
白鹡鸰 (bái jílíng)
Motacilla alba

1 female leucopsis (or baicalensis) and 1 ocularis in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-17
2-3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29
8 on S318 between Nabang and Yingjiang (500-1500 m) on 2014-01-31
2 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02
2 in Tengchong (1600 m) on 2014-02-04
2 along road below Baihualing (1300 m) on 2014-02-05
3 along Salween River on 2014-03-01

Olive-backed Pipit
树鹨 (shù liù)
Anthus hodgsoni

1 in Nabang (230 m) on 2014-01-17 & 2014-01-22
2 in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23
1 at Rongshu Wang, Nabang (750 m) on 2014-01-25
3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1700 m) on 2014-02-02
3 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
3-6 each day at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-06, 2014-02-07, & 2014-03-01
1 along road below Baihualing (1400 m) on 2014-03-01
1 in Tengchong (1600 m) on 2014-03-02

Passeriformes: Fringillidae

Brambling
燕雀 (yànquè)
Fringilla montifringilla

1 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03

Scarlet Finch
血雀 (xuě què)
Carpodacus sipahi

6 at Blind 4, Baihualing (1570 m) on 2014-02-08
1 heard near Blind 4, Baihualing (1590 m) on 2014-02-14

Vinaceous Rosefinch
酒红朱雀 (jiǔhóng zhūquè)
Carpodacus vinaceus

2 at Jiujiezi, Baihualing (1990 m) on 2014-02-07
2 at Blind 1, Baihualing (1690 m) on 2014-02-10
1 at Blind 10, Baihualing (1730 m) on 2014-02-12
1 at Er Taipo, Baihualing (2230 m) on 2014-02-16

Red Crossbill
红交嘴雀 (hóng jiāozuǐquè)
Loxia curvirostra

Flock of ca. 20 at Yingke Shan, Baihualing (2840 m) on 2014-02-26

Passeriformes: Emberizidae

Tristram’s Bunting
白眉鹀 (báiméi wū)
Emberiza tristrami

1 at Blind 3, Baihualing (1980 m) on 2014-02-13

Little Bunting
小鹀 (xiǎo wū)
Emberiza pusilla

ca. 15 at Laifengshan, Tengchong (1660 m) on 2014-02-03
8 near parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-06
6-8 each day along road above Baihualing (1500 m) on 2014-02-11 & 2014-02-13

Yellow-throated Bunting
黄喉鹀 (huánghóu wū)
Emberiza elegans

3 each day near parking lot above Blind 4 at Baihualing (1610 m) on 2014-02-05 & 2014-02-06
3 along road above Baihualing (1500 m) on 2014-02-13

Black-faced Bunting
灰头鹀 (huītóu wū)
Emberiza spodocephala

3 each day in Mengnai River Valley, Nabang (220 m) on 2014-01-23, 2014-01-28, & 2014-01-29

Mammals

Black Giant Squirrel
巨松鼠 (jù sōngshǔ)
Ratufa bicolor

1 below Jīnchǎng Hé, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-02-05
1 above Er Taipo, Baihualing (2300 m) on 2014-03-01

Northern Tree Shrew
北树鼩 (běi shùqú)
Tupaia belangeri

Found in many wooded areas

List of Place Names

Bǎihuālǐng (百花岭): “Hundred Flower Ridge”; area in Gāolígòngshān National Park, in the southern part of the Gāolígòng Mountains

Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào (茶马古道): “Ancient Tea-Horse Road”; also known as the Southern Silk Road; dates from 6th century; portions of it are still in use at Bǎihuālǐng

Dà Fēng Bāo (大峰包): point on the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào; elev.: 2400 m

Dà Lù Chǎng (大陆场): point on the main unpaved road at Bǎihuālǐng; an abandoned house is there; elev.: 2040 m

Èr Táipō (二台坡): point on the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào; elev.: 2230 m

Gāolígòng Mountains: mountain range in western Yunnan running north-south approximately 500 km and dividing the Salween and Irrawaddy River basins

Gāolígòngshān (高黎贡山): see Gāolígòng Mountains

Huáng Zhú Hé (黄竹河): “Yellow Bamboo Creek”; creek that intersects the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào at Bǎihuālǐng; elev.: 2400 m

Jīnchǎng Hé (金厂河): major stream at Bǎihuālǐng; elev.: 2300 m

Jiùjiēzi (旧街子): point on the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào; elev.: 1990 m

Láifèngshān (来凤山): large forest park in Téngchōng

Lǎn Bǎndèng (懒板凳): point on the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào; elev.: 2990 m

Mèngnǎi River (勐乃河): river rising in China and forming part of border between China and Burma

Nàbāng (那邦): town on China-Burma border

Nàbāng Creek (那邦河): stream forming part of border between China and Burma; Craig named it “All Forktail Creek” because he and Elaine found four of China’s five species of forktail there and the fifth, spotted forktail, could occur there; Nàbāng Creek is one of the few streams in China on which all of China’s species of forktail may be found

Nàbāng-Xīmǎ Trail (那邦-昔马路): ca. 30 km long, linking the two towns for which it is named

Nánzhāi Gōngfáng (南斋公房): building near pass on Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, Bǎihuālǐng: elev. of pass: 3180 m; elev. of building: 3160 m

Róngshù Wáng (榕树王): nature preserve in the mountains above Nàbāng, named after the massive banyan tree found there

Téngchōng (腾冲): city in western Yunnan, near the Gāolígòng Mountains

Yíngjiāng (盈江): city in western Yunnan, between Téngchōng and Nàbāng

Yíngkè Shān (迎客杉): point on the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào, named after a tall Chinese fir tree; elev.: 2840 m

Zhànkēng (战坑): short for Kàng-Rì Zhànzhēng Yíjì Zhànkēng (抗日战争遗迹-战坑; “Memorial Bomb Crater from the War of Resistance Against Japan”); point on the Chá-Mǎ Gǔdào; elev.: 2430 m

Selected Bibliography

Brelsford, Craig. A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China. (Work in progress; notes and drafts in Craig’s laptop.)

Grimmett, R., Inskipp, C. & Inskipp, T. 2011. Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Christopher Helm, London. Consulted at home in Shanghai.

Harrap, S. & Quinn, D. 1995. Chickadees, Tits, Nuthatches, & Treecreepers. Princeton University Press, USA. This excellent book, though old, remains Craig’s first reference for all questions related to the families Certhiidae, Paridae, and Sittidae.

Kennerley, Peter & Pearson, David. 2010. Reed and Bush Warblers. Illustrated by Brian Small. Christopher Helm, London. This excellent work helped Craig determine that the bush warbler he saw on 2014-02-20 was a brown-flanked bush warbler.

Lynx Edicions. The Internet Bird Collection. ibc.lynxeds.com

Oriental Bird Club. Oriental Bird Images. orientalbirdimages.org

Robson, C. 2005. Birds of Southeast Asia. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. Our first reference in western Yunnan.

Smith, Andrew T. and Yan Xie, eds. Mammals of China. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. Our first reference for mammals in China.

Xeno-Canto Foundation. Xeno-Canto: Bird Sounds from Around the World. xeno-canto.org. Craig has downloaded hundreds of calls from this Web site.

Featured image: Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Baihualing, Yunnan, 12 Feb. 2014.

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