China is a vast land of remarkable diversity and brilliant birds. Sichuan Province showcases China’s finest and most rewarding birding hotspots and we will explore some of the most pristine and remote regions for the many special breeding residents. We will search a variety of habitats ranging from moss-draped, broad-leaved and coniferous forests and extensive hillsides covered with bamboo, to the vast alpine meadows and scrubby slopes of the Tibetan Plateau. The scenery on this tour is truly spectacular with amazing panoramic views of forest-clad mountains and snow-capped peaks throughout the tour. Pheasants are of particular interest and we will be on the lookout for an astonishing ten species! These include White Eared and Blue Eared, Golden, Koklass, Blood and Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Temminck’s Tragopan and Chinese Monal. The supporting cast includes an astonishing ten species of Parrotbill that include Great, Three-toed, Spectacled, Ashy-throated, Grey-hooded, Fulvous, Golden and Przevalski’s Parrotbills, as well as Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge, Tibetan and Snow Partridges, Tibetan Snowcock, the rare Pere David’s Owl, Chinese Grouse, Wallcreeper, Snow Pigeon, stately Black-necked Crane, Darjeeling and Black Woodpeckers, range-restricted Emei Shan Liocichla, Pere David’s Tit, the recently described Sichuan Treecreeper, spectacular Firethroat, White-browed and Crested Tit-Warblers, Przevalski’s and Chinese Nuthatches, Sichuan Jay, stunning Grandala and an amazing selection of laughingthrushes, warblers, snowfinches and rosefinches. We may even encounter the endemic and monotypic Przevalski’s Finch (Pinktail) and the unique and bizarre Ibisbill. Fascinating cultures, dramatic and breath-taking landscapes, plus a bounty of exceptional and beautiful birds all make for one of the most rewarding birding experiences in all of Asia.
White Eared, Blue Eared, Golden, Koklass, Blood & Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Temminck’s Tragopan, Chinese Monal, Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge, Tibetan & Snow Partridges, Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Grouse, Pere David’s and Tawny Fish Owls, Black-necked Crane, Wood Snipe, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Collared Crow, Sichuan Jay, Emei Shan Liocichla, Ground Tit, Crested Kingfisher, Black and Darjeeling Woodpeckers, Sichuan Treecreeper, Swinhoe’s Minivet, White-browed & Crested Tit-Warblers, Przevalski’s & Chinese Nuthatches, Great, Three-toed, Grey-hooded & Przevalski’s Parrotbills, Chinese Grosbeak, Grandala, Firethroat, Rufous-headed Robin, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Snow Pigeon, Pere David’s Tit & Przevalski’s Finch
Golden Takin, Milne-Edward’s Macaque, Chinese Serow, Tufted Deer, Chinese Goral, Tibetan Fox, Hog Badger & Grey Wolf. Chances for Giant & Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear & Pallas’s Cat
Temperate coniferous (pine, spruce & fir) and mixed (oak & rhododendron) broad-leaved forest, bamboo forest, alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau, rivers, mountain valleys, mountains and high-altitude passes
warm to moderate in the lower lying areas, cold with some snow in the higher lying areas (most of the trip)
fabulous mountain scenery, extensive broad-leaved, coniferous and bamboo forests, fascinating people and culture, rarely visited reserves and wilderness areas