Band-bellied Crake, 8 June 2016, Boli, Heilongjiang, China. Photo by Craig Brelsford.

Boli, Heilongjiang, May-June 2016: Trip List

by Craig Brelsford


Part 3 contains our comprehensive bird list as well as a list of place names and a selected bibliography.


Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha
Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Crested Honey Buzzard
Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis
Northern Goshawk
Accipiter gentilis
Eastern Buzzard
Buteo japonicus
Band-bellied Crake
Zapornia paykullii
Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius dubius
Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos
Hill Pigeon
Columba rupestris
Oriental Turtle Dove
Streptopelia orientalis
Rufous Hawk-Cuckoo
Hierococcyx hyperythrus
Indian Cuckoo
Cuculus micropterus
Oriental Cuckoo
Cuculus optatus
Common Cuckoo
Cuculus canorus
Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Bubo bubo
Grey Nightjar
Caprimulgus jotaka
White-throated Needletail
Hirundapus caudacutus
Oriental Dollarbird
Eurystomus orientalis
Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis
Eurasian Wryneck
Jynx torquilla
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Dryobates minor
White-backed Woodpecker
Dendrocopos leucotos leucotos
Black Woodpecker
Dryocopus martius
Common Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus
Eurasian Hobby
Falco subbuteo
Ashy Minivet
Pericrocotus divaricatus
Brown Shrike
Lanius cristatus
Chinese Grey Shrike
Lanius sphenocercus sphenocercus
Eurasian Jay
Garrulus glandarius brandtii
Azure-winged Magpie
Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie
Pica serica
Spotted Nutcracker
Nucifraga caryocatactes
Carrion Crow
Corvus corone
Large-billed Crow
Corvus macrorhynchos
Coal Tit
Periparus ater ater
Willow Tit
Poecile montanus baicalensis
Japanese Tit
Parus minor
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
Asian House Martin
Delichon dasypus
Red-rumped Swallow
Cecropis daurica
Long-tailed Tit
Aegithalos caudatus caudatus
Dusky Warbler
Phylloscopus fuscatus
Radde’s Warbler
Phylloscopus schwarzi
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus proregulus
Arctic Warbler
Phylloscopus borealis
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus tenellipes
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Phylloscopus coronatus
Oriental Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus orientalis
Black-browed Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
Thick-billed Warbler
Arundinax aedon
Lanceolated Warbler
Locustella lanceolata
Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler
Helopsaltes fasciolatus
Chestnut-flanked White-eye
Zosterops erythropleurus
Eurasian Nuthatch
Sitta europaea amurensis
Siberian Thrush
Geokichla sibirica
White’s Thrush
Zoothera aurea
Grey-backed Thrush
Turdus hortulorum
Pale Thrush
Turdus pallidus
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Muscicapa latirostris
Blue-and-white Flycatcher
Cyanoptila cyanomelana intermedia
Siberian Blue Robin
Larvivora cyane
Rufous-tailed Robin
Larvivora sibilans
Siberian Rubythroat
Calliope calliope
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
Ficedula zanthopygia
Daurian Redstart
Phoenicurus auroreus
White-throated Rock Thrush
Monticola gularis
Stejneger’s Stonechat
Saxicola stejnegeri
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
Siberian Accentor
Prunella montanella
Grey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail
Motacilla alba leucopsis
Olive-backed Pipit
Anthus hodgsoni
Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Long-tailed Rosefinch
Carpodacus sibiricus ussuriensis
Grey-capped Greenfinch
Chloris sinica ussuriensis
Meadow Bunting
Emberiza cioides weigoldi
Tristram’s Bunting
Emberiza tristrami
Chestnut-eared Bunting
Emberiza fucata
Yellow-throated Bunting
Emberiza elegans
Black-faced Bunting
Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala


Boli: name that may refer to either Boli County or Boli Town.

Boli County (Bólì Xiàn [勃利县]): jurisdiction in Qitaihe Prefecture, SE Heilongjiang. Area: 3,962 sq. km. Pop.: 370,000.

Boli Town (Bólì Zhèn [勃利镇]): urbanized area in & administrative center of Boli County. 45.752960, 130.579479.

Changbai Mountains (Chángbái Shān [长白山]): range running from SE Heilongjiang S to North Korea. Laoye Mountains near Boli are part of Changbai Mountains.

Dawucun (Dàwǔcūn [大五村]): village in Boli County, Qitaihe Prefecture, Heilongjiang, 3 km from Boli Town. Birthplace of Elaine Du. 45.732679, 130.589612.

Heilongjiang (Hēilóngjiāng [黑龙江]): province NE China. Area: 454,800 sq. km. Area (comparative): slightly larger than Sweden & California. Pop.: 38.3 million.

Hongwei Linchang (Hóngwěi Línchǎng [宏伟林场]): area in Boli County S of Boli Town. Important birding spot at 45.638703, 130.547478.

Jiamusi (Jiāmùsī Shì [佳木斯市]): prefecture-level city E Heilongjiang.

Jiulong Reservoir (Jiǔlóng Shuǐkù [九龙水库]): reservoir in Boli County S of Boli Town. 45.706874, 130.517068.

Laoye Mountains (Lǎoye Lǐng [老爷岭]): offshoot of Changbai Mountains. Xidaquan National Forest is in the Laoye Mountains.

Qitaihe (Qītáihé Shì [七台河市]): prefecture E Heilongjiang of which Boli County is a part. Area: 6,221 sq. km. Pop.: 920,000.

Xidaquan National Forest (Xīdàquān Guójiā Sēnlín Gōngyuán [西大圈国家森林公园])

Main gate to Xidaquan National Forest, 2 June. (Craig Brelsford)

Forest reserve Boli County, Heilongjiang, in Laoye Mountains. 45.727751, 130.317316.


Brazil, Mark. Birds of East Asia. Princeton University Press. Co-first reference (along with Collins Bird Guide) in Northeast China.

del Hoyo, Josep, et al., eds. The Handbook of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions.

Kennerley, Peter & David Pearson. Reed and Bush Warblers. Christopher Helm.

Lynx Edicions. The Internet Bird Collection.

MacKinnon, John & Karen Phillipps. A Field Guide to the Birds of China. Oxford University Press.

Oriental Bird Club. Oriental Bird Images.

Smith, Andrew T. & Yan Xie, eds. Mammals of China. Princeton University Press.

Mullarney, Killian, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter Grant. Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins. Co-first reference (along with Birds of East Asia) in Northeast China.

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


Cameras: Nikon D3S; for landscapes, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone 4S, and Apple iPhone 6

Lens: Nikon VR 600mm F/4G
Sound recorder: Olympus DM-650
Binoculars: Swarovski EL 8 x 32 (Craig), Zeiss Conquest HD 8 x 42 (Elaine)
Spotting scope: Swarovski ATX-95


“Boli, Heilongjiang, May-June 2016” is a three-part report. This is Part 3.

Part 1: Introduction and Discussion
Part 2: Daily Reports
Part 3: Comprehensive Bird List

This post is part of a series on birding in Manchuria and the Russian Far East. See also:

Northeast China

Birding Northern Inner Mongolia and Eastern Heilongjiang
Birding Northeast China in April and May

Russian Far East

Sikhote-Alin: A Place Unparalleled for Experiencing the Birds of East Asia

Featured image: Band-bellied Crake Zapornia paykullii, 8 June, Boli, Heilongjiang, China. (Craig Brelsford)
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Craig Brelsford

Craig Brelsford is the founder of Brelsford lived in Shanghai from 2007 to 2018. Now back home in Florida, Brelsford maintains close ties to the Shanghai birding community and continues his enthusiastic development of this website. When Brelsford departed China, he was the top-ranked eBirder in that country, having noted more than 930 species. Brelsford was also the top-ranked eBirder in Shanghai, with more than 320 species, as well as Shanghai’s Cape Nanhui, one of the best-known birding spots in China. Brelsford coined the term “Cape Nanhui” and continues to advocate for the conservation of the most southeasterly point in Shanghai. Brelsford's photos of birds have won various awards and been published in books and periodicals and on websites all over the world. Brelsford is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned a master's in business administration at the University of Liege, Belgium.

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