May 9, 2015

Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian – April birding after 3 mega-chickens and a Falconet

A report on a quest after Reeve’s Pheasant, Elliot’s Pheasant and Cabbots Tragopan. Giving ourselves 10 birding days for our main focus birds, we also had time to pick up a lot of other great ticks along the way with Silver Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, White-necklaced Partridge, Scaly-sided Merganser, Short-tailed Parrotbill  and Pied Falconet leading the way before the likes of Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Collared Crow, Buffy Laughingthrush, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler, , Moustached Laughingthrush, Japanese Marsh Warbler, Tristram’s Bunting and Yellow-browed Bunting 

Pied Falconet at Xiaoqi Village

The 11 day itinerary -

Day 1 - 2nd April – arrival Wuhan – airport pickup - drive to Dongzhai  (2 hour drive)

Day 2 - 3rd April – morning Reeve’s Pheasant – afternoon drive halfway to Emei Feng – overnight at Jiujiang (5 hours)

Day 3 - 4th April – Morning drive Jiujiang to Emei Feng (5 hours) – afternoon birding at Emei -Cabbot’s Tragopan and Elliot’s Pheasant

Day 4 - 5th April – Emei Feng

Day 5 - 6th April – Emei Feng

Day 6 - 7th April – Emei Feng

Day 7 - 8th April – Emei feng early morning – drive to Poyang Lake area (5 hours)- accommodation Wucheng – Japanese Marsh Warbler

Day 8 - 9th April – early morning birding in Wucheng area – drive to Wuyuan area (5 hours) - Pied Falconet, Short-tailed Parrotbill and Scaly-sided Merganser

Day 9 - 10th April – Wuyuan area

Day 10 - 11th April – Wuyuan area – evening drive to Jiujiang (4 hours)

Day 11- 12th April - drive Jiujiang to Wuhan  for departure (5 hours)

This route would cover around 2100km in the provinces of Hubei, Henan, Jiangxi and Fujian.

Our transport was a Chinese built Great-Wall Hover, 4WD, SUV. Most importantly, with regard to road watching for the pheasants, the vehicle had clear windows, a feature lacking on the majority of tinted windowed Chinese vehicles.
All the roads used on this trip were of surprisingly good quality and we travelled large distances on motorways. 4WD is not necessary for any of the birding roads, but we were glad of the feature during a morning of torrential rainfall on one of the longer travel days.

Hotels were easy to find. To maximize our birding efficiency through the ability to suddenly change itinerary we had only pre-booked our first night at Dongzhai, where we used the simple accommodation inside the reserve. All other accommodation was found, without any great difficulty or delay, as we traveled. Being a budget trip we always chose cheap and simple hotels, but, for those looking for a little more comfort, there were always ‘better’ accommodation options at reasonable distances from our birding sites,

Weather during the trip was pretty variable. Although nothing severe, we did meet a couple of cold mornings where a fleece or jacket came in handy. In contrast some afternoons were hot enough for shorts. 
As with other parts of China a collection of appropriate calls was an essential part of our equipment. A scope was needed to identify the distant Scaly-breasted Mergansers and also gave memorable views of Pied Falconet
Although just outside the area covered by The Helm’s Birds of East Asia (Brazil) this is the most useful guide for these sites, followed by A Field Guide to the Birds of China (MacKinnon and Phillips).

Site Notes

Dongzhai – days 1 and 2
Just a 2 hour trip driving North on the G4 from Wuhan airport. After contacting the staff Sid had arranged accommodation, simple with squat style toilets, inside the reserve. For those needing more western appointed facilities, there were hotels in nearby Segang.
Next to the accommodation are both the parking area for visitors and the entrances to the two main birding tracks – one leading to the NW the other to the SE. About a 100m down the southern track are buildings that include cages with Reeve’s Pheasant.  Although we saw no wild birds in the area, earlier reports have noted wild cocks, presumably attracted to the activity and presence of the captive hens, coming down to the cages.

Day 1
After an afternoon airport pickup we arrived for late afternoon/evening birding. The drive on the G4 gave Collared Crow. Sid had already seen one bird at Wuhan Airport.
We first walked the northern track and within 1 km flushed a gamebird but were unable to get any good views. Not much further the track forks and we took the left track past a building and some fairly abandoned looking tea bushes. However, after finding few birds and with the track petering out as it rose on a steep slope we retraced our steps and took the right fork which turned out to be the route that gave us most of our Reeve’s. That evening we got brief and obscured views of 3 flushed Pheasants, all with long tails - presumably, sub-adult Reeve’s males.

Day 2
Dawn start along the track that gave yesterdays birds.
Within a km sounds of a flushed bird but not seen. From the right fork, on 2 occasions, came into contact with single mature males. Distant and brief views all our sightings were flushed birds.
We latter tried the SE track. No birds were seen around the cages and just one imm male, flushed further down the track.
Other notable birds seen at Dongzhai included Speckled Piculet, Silver-throated Tit, Meadow Bunting, Naumann’s/Dusky Thrush (brief views, unable to separate species) and Russet Sparrow in the car-park/accommodation area. A few passage raptors flying overhead – Oriental Honey Buzzard, Eastern Buzzard and Black-eared Kite.

Late afternoon drove 5 hours south, in direction of Emei Feng, to overnight at Jiujiang.

Emei Feng – days 3 to 7
A further 5 hours drive from Jiujiang to Taining (nearest town to Emei Feng). Made an afternoon start to birding during which we checked the hotel complex on the summit. Found it to be run down and expensive (260RMB/double room), so chose to use the hotel in Xinqiao, which is the village  directly below the site on the road to Taining. Here very simple but clean rooms with shared toilets cost 50 RMB/night and 80Rmb with private. We were joined in our hotel by 2 groups of Chinese and a couple of HK bird photographers
For those wanting better accommodation there are hotels in Taining which is around 15km away from the entrance to the access road.
Xinqiao also has a couple of restaurants, but along the 15km of road that leads to the top of Emei Feng there’s no possibility of finding food. Our eating routine was a self-prepaired pre-birding breakfast, taking food for lunches and village restaurant eating during evenings.

The access road to Emei Feng starts very close to a small petrol Station found at the southern edge of Xinqiao. A couple of km up the road is a checkpoint with security staff. The gate was constantly open, but the first time we passed through we were asked to register names and passport numbers. Otherwise we were never again stopped, even when entering pre-dawn and leaving after nightfall.

The best tactic for Emei ‘chicken’ watching seems a slow drive up the road (all surfaced, which allows a quieter approach). At the bottom sections, before and just after the checkpoint there are terraced fields in the valley bottom. The best gamebird habitat seems to start just after the last fields as you go into areas of giant cultivated bamboo. This habitat was where we saw our Elliot’s Pheasants. As you drive higher, around the 12km road marker, the Bamboo plantations give way to a thick mossy secondary growth, that includes rhododendron, and it was from here to the end of the road that we got our Cabot’s Tragopans. We also located White-necklaced Partridge in these higher areas. This species, with its loud call, was easily heard.
Silver Pheasant , the commonest of the Chickens, and Koklass were seen in both bamboo plantation and the higher scrub. We got great roadside views of Chinese Bamboo Partridge on the lower sections of the road and they were also heard calling from farming land in the valley bottoms

Unfortunately we also arrived during a period of bamboo shoot harvest, an activity that’s only supposed to occur every 3 years. Many people were involved, working both inside the bamboo areas and with transportation along the road. The resultant disturbance must have had a negative impact with regard to Pheasant watching.
We also noted that viewing gamebirds was easier during the rain weather of the last whole day and morning, than the warm sunny days that preceded them.

Our other focus species on Emei was Spotted Wren Babbler (Elachura). However, despite a lot of watching, listening and call playing, we never came into contact with this bird.

Day 3
Masked Laughingthrush during morning as we left Jiujiang. Sid spotted a Black Eagle from motorway just before the Taining turn-off. A roadside wetland between Taining and Emei gave a pair of Mandarin Ducks.
Hot dry conditions, afternoon start to birding on Emei. Ca 10 roadside Silver Pheasant. Mid-evening a M+F pair of Cabbot’s crossed the road just in front of vehicle – brief but good views of male. White-necklaced  Partridge heard but not seen. Buffy Laughingthrush very audible at top of road – seen as flock. Also at top section, pair of Spotted Forktail on a Stream that passed under the road. Single Mountain Hawk Eagle soaring over summit. A Collared Owlet showed well after playback. Huet’s Fulvetta, Chestnut bellied Rockthrush, Great Barbet. Black-chinned Yuhina, Indochinese Yuhina, Yellow-cheeked Tits, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Black Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Chestnut Bulbul, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-spectacled Warbler, Eurasian Jay, Grey Treepie, Grey-chinned Minivet and White-crowned Forktail all recorded, and were birds encountered throughout our time on Emei  

Day 4
Another hot dry day, with less gamebird activity than yesterday. However good morning start with decent views of a White-necklaced Partridge emerging out of the scrub.
Rest of day mainly spent driving after Elliot’s Pheasant – without any success. Pheasant drives on the lower part of road did bring some great views of Chinese Bamboo Partridge. Silver Pheasant seen but fewer than yesterday..
Got good views of Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler and saw Sulpher-breasted Warbler. A noisy pair of Crested Serpent Eagles flew over summit area. Eastern buzzard also seen. A few Pale Thrushes on passage.

Day 5
Today overcast – but still no rain. First Koklass Pheasant – nice roadside view of a male, some Silver pheasant, a few more Chinese Bamboo Partridge, but still no Elliot’s. New birds – Bay Woodpecker, Lesser and Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, White-bellied Yuhina and Chestnut-crowned Warbler. Asian Barred Owlet was recorded at the very start of the access road.
In afternoon explored some bamboo habitat outside park area. But again much disturbance from Bamboo Shoot harvesters who said they had not seen Elliot’s Pheasant in the area
Reentered park and left after nightfall – with the lamp we found three Red Flying Squirrels and an Oriental Scop’s Owl.

Day 6
At last rain and two morning sightings of male Elliot’s! First bird a male running on the road – poor views before it disappeared. Second was bird that had run down a slope on the approach of our vehicle. Luckily brief but decent views after getting out and scanning.
Silver and Koklass Pheasants seen.
Rest of day mainly focused on trying to pick up the Spotted Wren Babbler – but without success. A single Pygmy Wren Babbler heard.

Day 7
One last morning on Emei Feng used in search of Spotted Wren Babbler. Again nothing but we did get good, prolonged views of a displaying – calling + wing flapping from a branch  -  male Cabot’s.
Also saw Koklass and Silver Pheasant and heard White-necklaced Partridge.

Poyang days 7 and 8
After the last morning’s birding on Emei we drove a 5 hour trip to the Poyang lake area at Wucheng via the town of Yongxiu. Good wetland birding starts around 10 km to the NE of Yongxiu. We planned to concentrate our birding around a body of water called Dahu, which is close to the run-down village of Wucheng.
We once again chose a simple budget style hotel, shared toilets style that cost 50RMB/room. Better accommodation can be had close to boat jetty at around 200RMB/room.
You can bird the Dahu area by renting a boat at Wucheng and then sailing to various watching points. We however found a track that led down to the shoreline and birded by making a 2hour , northerly, walk around Dahu until we came to the Xiushui River.

Day 7
A major tick of the area, Japanese Marsh Warbler, heard and then seen from the car as we drove over a causeway that led through an area of  wetland.
Walking around Dahu we played call of Swinhoe’s Rail but the only rail species seen was a single Brown Crake.
Chestnut-eared Bunting seen among the Black-faced. Grey-headed lapwing common and displaying. Saw a Swintail type snipe but unable to fully distinguish between Swinhoe’s and Pintail.
In surrounding scrub there were many small passerines on passage – they included Daurian Redstart, Pallas’s Leaf Warbler, a singleTwo-barred Greenish Warbler and singing Oriental Bush Warblers.
Other birds recorded included Pied Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Spotted Redshank, Kentish Plover, Temminck’s Stint, Yellow Wagtail, Buff-bellied Pipit, Great Crested Grebe, Spotbill Duck and Purple Heron

Day 8
A morning around Dahu. This time we picked up Tristram’s bunting and a Grey-backed Thrush

Wuyuan days 8 to 10
Our two main targets in the Wuyuan area were to be Pied Falconet and Short-tailed Parrotbill. Scaly-breasted Merganser and Courtois’s (Blue-crowned) Laughingthrush are also found here, but both are migratory, so most of the wintering Mergansers should already have left and we would arrive just before spring arrival dates for the Laughingthrush.
It’s a 5 hour drive to Wuyuan from our birding site at Poyang. We had two main birding areas. Firstly, for the Parrotbill and any late Mergansers., just south of Wuyuan, a village on the Le’an River called Dutou. And then north of Wuyuan, in the busy tourist village of Xiaoqi where there are rooftop vantage points to view a nesting pair of Falconets. We’d also check out a well known Courtois’s Laughingthrush site close to the town, just in case there was an early arrival.
We recorded all our target birds by day 9, which gave us a day to check out two further sites to the west of Wuyuan - a farmland/forest trail that cuts off from the Fuchun River, close to the village of Shendu, and Wengong Mountain.
There’s a lot of accommodation in Wuyuan town. Good but cheap hotels, with western style facilities can be found close to the bus station. Our hotel was 100RMB/night.

Day 8
Afternoon arrival, we immediately drove 10km south of the town to Dutou. We birded the riverside opposite the village and took a small track into farmland habitat. Sid got a brief view of a single Short-tailed Parrotbill that came in with a mixed flock but otherwise the best ticks were a pair of Yellow-browed Bunting. We were to see several more of this species in the area.
Two distant and unidentifiable Sawbills were seen downstream from the bridge but we were not able to find then close enough for identification.

Day 9
Early morning back to Dutou. This time birded in farmland just beyond the village and quickly got a flock of around 30 Short-tailed Parrotbill. These were extremely good and prolonged views of a fantastic looking bird. 
Our quick find then gave us time to drive to a Courtois’s laugher site just north of Wuyuan town. No signs of the bird – just Chinese Blackbird and Great, Grey-capped and Grey-headed Woodpeckers.
Still before lunch, drove on to the tourist village of Xiaoqi for the Falconet. It was easier to find the restaurant that gave roof-views of the bird than it was to find a parking place! When we got to the viewing area both Chinese photographers and the bird were present. Got crippling views of a bird catching butterflies and dragonflies in the canopy area of the large trees that border the restaurant. We were charged 50RMB for going up on the roof, and looking across at other buildings we could see that Falconet viewing had become an industry. Another roof owner had erected a large hide, facing what must have been a nest-site. This roof was full of photographers and mega-sized lenses.
Afternoon back to Dutou area to try and find yesterday’s Mergansers. This time started off on the road- bridge that is a km further on from the Dutou turn-off. Almost immediately found two distant birds in the scope – but it was some time before a combination of the birds movements and our efforts in finding a better vantage point gave results. However, despite viewing into bright sunlight, we all got good enough views that showed the scaling of an M+F pair of Scaly-breasted Merganser.
Finished off the day birding the Dutou riverside area. Other birds of note – single male Silver Pheasant, Yellow-browed Bunting, Rufous-capped Babbler, Masked Laughingthrush and a Collared Kingfisher.

Day 10
Started off with another visit to the Curtois’s Laugher site - again no results.
Having ticked our main target birds gave time for two other sites.
The trail at Shendu is mentioned in an old Bjorn Anderson report, where he got Elliot’s Pheasant.
It was quite easy to find and gave a long walk on a farmland trail that led through a forested valley. Outstanding bird was Moustached Laughingthrush, several being very vocal. Orange-bellied Leafbird, displaying Crested Goshawk and a Pale-legged Leaf warbler also seen.
Wengong Mountain also offered forested areas, although we birded outside the ticketed area. Here we got Dusky Fulvetta and Grey-headed Parrotbill

Day 11
Drive back to Wuhan and departure

Bird list

Dongzhai - DZ
Emei  Feng - EF
Poyang - PY
Wuyuan  - WY

1.      Chinese Bamboo-Partridge Bambusicola thoracica - EF, WY

2.      White-necklaced Partridge Arborophila gingica - EF

3.      Koklass pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha - EF

4.      Cabot's Tragopan Tragopan caboti - EF

5.      Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus - PY, WY

6.      Elliot's Pheasant Syrmaticus ellioti - EF

7.      Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera - EF, WY

8.      Reeves's Pheasant Syrmaticus reevesii - DZ

9.      Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata - EF

10.  Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - PY, WY

11.  Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha - PY, WY

12.  Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus - WY

13.  Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus - DZ

14.  Grey-capped Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus - DZ, WY

15.  Great-spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major - DZ, WY

16.  Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus - EF, WY

17.  Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis - EF

18.  Great Barbet Megalaima virens - EF, WY

19.  Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops - PY

20.  Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis - PY

21.  White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis - PY, WY

22.  Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis - PY, WY

23.  Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioide  -  EF heard only

24.  Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea - EF heard

25.  House Swift Apus affinis - Taining area

26.  Oriental Scops-owl Otus sunia - EF

27.  Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei - EF, WY

28.  Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides - EF

29.  Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis - DZ, EF, WY

30.  Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis - throughout

31.  White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus - EF

32.  Brown Crake Amaurornis akool - PY

33.  Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus - PY

34.  Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus - PY, WY wetlands around Wuhan

35.  'Swintail' Snipe Gallinago sp -  flying bird impossible to ID between Swinhoe's and Pintail - PY

36.  Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago - PY

37.  Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius - PY

38.  Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus - PY

39.  Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus - PY

40.  Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii - PY

41.  Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus - PY

42.  Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - PY, WY

43.  Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus - PY

44.   Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus - DZ

45.   Black-eared Kite. Milvus linaetus - DZ

46.   Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus - PY - single f

47.   Eastern Buzzard Buteo japonicus - DZ, EF, WY

48.   Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis - single bird close to Taining

49.   Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalense  - EF

50.   Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela - EF

51.   Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus - WY

52.   Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus - DZ

53.      Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis - PY, WY

54.      Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus - PY

55.     Little Egret Egretta garzetta - widespread

56.     Great Egret Casmerodius albus - PY

57.     Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus - PY, WY

58.     Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus - widespread

59.     Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax - PY, WY

60.     Grey Heron Ardea cinerea – PY

61.     Purple Heron Ardea purpurea – PY

62.     Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach - widespread farmland

63.     Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius - DZ, EF

64.     Eurasian Magpie Pica pica - widespread

65.     Asian Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus - mainly close to Wuhan

66.     Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha - widespread

67.     Collared Crow Corvus torquatus - roadside from Wuhan to DZ

68.     Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae - EF, WY

69.     Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis - heard   only - WY

70.     Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus - single pair EF

71.     Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris - EF, WY

72.     Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii - EF, WY

73.     Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush Monticola rufiventris - EF

74.     Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus - widespread

75.     Dusky Thrush/ Naumann's  type - EF

76.     Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus – EF

77.     Grey-backed Thrush Turdus hortulorum - PY

78.     Asian brown flycatcher Muscicapa latirostris - EF

79.     Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus - DZ, EF, PY

80.      Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis - WY

81.      Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus - PY, WY

82.      Plumbeous Water-Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus - DZ, WY

83.     Stejneger's Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri - PY

84.     White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti - EF, WY

85.     Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus - EF

86.     White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus - PY

87.     Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus - widespread

88.     Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis - fairly widespread

89.     Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus - widespread

90.      Yellow-bellied Tit Parus venustulus - DZ, WY

91.      Eastern Great Tit Parus minor - widespread

92.      Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus spilonotus - WY

93.      Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus - widespread

94.      Silver-throated Tit Aegithalos glaucogularis - DZ

95.     Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica - widespread

96.     Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica - widespread

97.     Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques - widespread

98.     Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis - widespread

99.     Himalayan Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus - EF, WY

100. Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii - EF

101. Chestnut Bulbul Hemixos castanonotus - DZ, EF, WY

102. Plain Prinia Prinia inornata - PY

103. Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis - PY

104. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus  -  DZ, EF, WY

105. Brownish-flanked Bush-War Cettia fortipes - widespread

106. Oriental Bush Warbler Cettia diphone - PY

107. Japanese Marsh Warbler Locustella pryeri - PY

108. Pallas's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus - DZ, EF, PY, EF

109. Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus – PY

110. Two-barred Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus - PY

111. Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes - WY

112.   Sulpher-breasted Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus ricketti - EF

113. White-spectacled Warbler Seicercus affinis - EF

114. Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps - EF

115. Buffy Laughingthrush Garrulax berthemyi - EF

116. Moustached Laughingthrush Garrulax cineraceus -  WY

117. Hwamei Garrulax canorus - Widespread

118. White-browed Laughingthrush Garrulax sannio - PY

119. Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectoralis - EF

120. Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax monileger - EF

121. Masked Laughingthrush Garrulax perspicillatus - PY

122. Grey-sided Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus swinhoei - EF, WY

123. Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis - DZ, EF, WY

124. Pygmy Wren-Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla - EF - heard only

125. Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps - EF, WY

126. Green Shrike Babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus - WY

127. Huet's Fulvetta Alcippe hueti - EF, WY

128. Dusky Fulvetta Alcippe brunnea - EF (heard only), WY

129. Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta - EF

130. Indochinese Yuhina Yuhina torqueola - EF

131. White-bellied Yuhina Erpornis zantholeuca - EF

132. Grey-headed Parrotbill Psittiparus gularis - WY

133. Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora webbianus - DZ, EF, PY, WY

134. Short-tailed Parrotbill Neosuthora davidiana - WY

135. Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula - PY

136. Flame-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrothorax - EF

137. Fork-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga christinae - WY

138. Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans - DZ

139. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus - widespread

140. Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata - PY

141. White Wagtail Motacilla alba - leucopsis and ocularis - widespread

142. Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava - macronyx - PY

143. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni - widespread

144. Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta - PY

145. Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens -  PY

146. Grey-capped Greenfinch Carduelis sinica -  widespread

147. Chinese Grosbeak Eophona migratoria - fairly widespread lower farming areas

148. Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla – widespread

149. Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata - PY

150. Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala - PY, WY

151. Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioides - DZ

152. Tristram’s Bunting  Emberiza tristrami - PY

153. Yellow-browed Bunting  Emberiza chrysophrys - WY

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