Our Qinghai extension showcases China’s seemingly endless and scenically spectacular Tibetan Plateau. We explore some of north-eastern Tibet’s most pristine and remote regions for its many breeding residents and northern migrants. Targets include the superb Blue Eared Pheasant, Chinese Grouse, elegant Black-necked Crane, Gansu Leaf Warbler, Ground Tit, Mongolian Lark, numerous rosefinches, an assortment of snowfinches, as well as the unique and beautiful Przevalski’s Finch (placed in its own monotypic family).
Przevalski’s Finch (Pink-tailed Bunting); Blue Eared Pheasant; Daurian Partridge; Chinese (Severtzov’s) Grouse; Black-necked Crane; Rufous-necked, White-rumped, Tibetan, Black-winged & Pere David’s Snowfinches; Pale Rosefinch; Elliot’s & Plain (Pere David’s) Laughingthrushes; Gansu & Alpine Leaf Warblers; Bar-headed Goose; Pallas’s Gull; Saker Falcon; Golden Eagle; Bearded Vulture; Godlewski’s Bunting; Grey-capped Greenfinch; Chinese & Przevalski’s Nuthatches; Crested & White-browed (Severtzov’s) Tit-warblers; Ground Tit (Hume’s Groundpecker); Brown & Robin Accentors; Wallcreeper; Smoky Warbler; Hume’s Short-toed, Crested, Horned & Tibetan Larks; Mongolian Finch; Guldenstadt’s Redstart.
Daurian & Black-lipped Pikas; Red & Tibetan Foxes; Tibetan Roe Deer, Himalayan Marmot.
mountains, forest, grassland, lakes
temperate to cool conditions, but can be very cold
moderate pace and walking
What our clients say about tours to China
David Hoddinott was an excellent bird guide, finding and identifying birds at amazing speed and ease. He had researched the field well, and knew where to find the birds. He also had researched the literature and was versed in all the newest taxonomic changes. He was very patient in assuring that all the participants got…
Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and…
David Hoddinott is an outstanding leader. Always conscious of the need to ensure that everyone sees each bird, he does, rightly, expect concentration and a positive approach throughout. This is the second time that I have travelled with David and I hope that I have the opportunity again in the future. Thank you.
As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it’s as though he is seeing it for the…
Rich Lindie did an outstanding job. He is an excellent birder/guide and did a fantastic job managing all our expectations… Overall a wonderful trip.