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Wawushan and Wolong birdwatching tour

Wawushan and Wolong birdwatching tour

Duration:9 days
Destination:Chengdu-Wawushan-Wolong
Birds possible150-200
Best season:April to August
Wawu Shan is an over 3000m peak, which situated about 70 km to the west of the more famous Emei Shan. Wawushan is the largest National Primival Forest Park in China. The elevation goes from 2830m. According to the investigations, there are more than 3500 species of plants and about 300 species of birds in Wawushan areas. At lower levels, areas of evergreen broadleaf woodland are interspersed with cultivation, but higher up this gives way to deciduous woodland and ultimately large open, grassy or bamboo-covered areas and stands of mixed coniferous-rhododendron forest. As we walk here amongst the gnarled, moss-encrusted trees we may enjoy some superb vistas across a seemingly endless series of mountain ridges to the great snow-capped peaks of western Sichuan beyond. 
 
The prime endemic birds you may see here are:  Lady Amherst's Pheasant,Temminck's Tragopan,ChineseĦĦBamboo Partridge, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Emei Shan Liocichla and the recently described Sichuan Treecreeper,Chinese Blue Flycatcher (split from Blue-throated), Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler,Grey-hooded Fulvetta, Brown-capped (or Dusky) Fulvetta and White-collared Yuhina Elliott's Laughingthrush, the lovely Red-winged Laughingthrush,  
 
Parrotbills we could encounter:  Ashy-throated, Great, Brown, Fulvous, Golden and Grey-headed
Warblers we could encounter: no fewer than 17 species:  Emei Leaf, Large-billed Leaf, Ashy-throated, Plain-tailed Warbler,Bianchi's Warbler,Blyth's Leaf, Pallas's Leaf and Yellow-browed Warblers, Buff-barred, Lemon-rumped, Sulphur-breasted and Buff-throated Warblers, 
BushĦĦwarbler we could encounter:  Aberrant, Yellowish-bellied, Brownish-flanked, Chestnut-crowned, Grey-sided, Brown and Russet Bush Warblers 
Chinese Blue Flycatcher (split from Blue-throated), ChineseĦĦBamboo Partridge, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler,Grey-hooded Fulvetta, Brown-capped (or Dusky) Fulvetta and White-collared Yuhina, Elliott's Laughingthrush, the lovely Red-winged Laughingthrush,  
 
And some widespread birds:
 Asian Koel, Oriental Scops Owl, Himalayan Swiftlet, Fork-tailed (or Pacific) Swift, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, Himalayan Black Bulbul (of the striking white-headed form), Long-tailed Minivet, Brown Dipper, Rufous-breasted Accentor, the superb Golden Bush Robin, White-bellied Redstart, Oriental and Lesser Cuckoos, Crested (or Oriental) Honey Buzzard, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Whistling Hawk-Cuckoo, Grey Bushchat, Blue Whistling Thrush, Slaty-backed Forktail, Verditer, Ferruginous, Slaty-blue, Rufous-gorgeted and Grey-headed Flycatchers, Blue Magpie, Large-billed Crow, Russet Sparrow, Dark-breasted and Dark-rumped Rosefinches, and the near-endemic Grey-headed Bullfinch, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Stripe-throated and Black-chinned Yuhinas, Rufous-vented, Coal and Green-backed Tits, the near-endemic Yellow-bellied Tit, Gould's Sunbird, Japanese White-eye, Hair-crested Drongo, . etc.
 
Wolong has an impressive altitudinal range and hence an equally impressive avifauna, It's in the region of forested mountains, bamboo thickets, alpine meadows and jagged, snow-covered peaks.  We will be able to explore areas from the valley at about 1500m right up to the pass of snow mountain at about 4000m. We will do birding among the surrounding peaks rising to over 5500m and could even see the magnificent peak of Siguniang. The Wolong Giant Panda reserve is located at the foot of Balangshan in northwest of Sichuan. It is know as the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund, to save the species from extinction, especially pandas.
 
The prime endemic birds you may see here are:
Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Chinese Monal. Grandalas,  Wood Snipe, White Eared Pheasant, Firethroat Chestnut-headed Tesias, Koklass Pheasants, Temminck's Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrushes, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Spectacled Parrotbill, Barred Laughingthrush, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed Tit
Other birds such as: Alpine Accentors, Lammergeier, Red-breasted Rosefinches, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Plain and Brandt's Mountain Finches, Plumbeous Redstarts, River Chat (or White-capped Redstart), Spotted Bush Warbler, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-bellied Niltava, the splendidly,Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs, Chinese Beautiful (split from Himalayan Beautiful) and Streaked Rosefinches,  Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, White-browed Fulvetta, the Yellow-browed and Fire-capped Tits, Grey-crested Tit, Common (or Ring-necked) Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, White-throated Needle-tail, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Asian House Martin, Olive-backed and Rosy Pipits, White-throated Dipper, White-tailed Rubythroat, Indian Blue Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Blue-fronted, Daurian and  bold little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler,
 
Itinerary:
 
Day 1
Your arrival in Chengdu 
 
Day 2
Early morning drive to Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, half day panda visiting and bird watching, and after lunch, drive from Chengdu to Wawushan. Check in hotel, walk around near the hotel, you'll find Blue Maggie pie by the roadside, And there also have a scrap heap full of waste from hotel kitchen, where is really a wonderful place for birder
 
 
Day 3
Early morning, take the cable car to higher level of Wawushan, half day birding, back to hotel have lunch, then drive to the lower level, explore along the way till getting dark. Overnight in Wawushan.
 
Day 4
Drive to lower level for morning birding, and back to hotel have lunch, then cable car up to higher level, explore in some new trails. Back till getting dark.  Overnight in Wawushan.
 
Day 5 Free time in the morning for you to do birding in Wawushan., and then a long driving to Wolong town.
 
 
Day 6
Get up at about 5o'clock, drive to the Balangshan pass before dawn, scan for the pheasants and monal, then birding at about 4200m among the endless snow mountain. After that we'll walk down and watch birds along the main road. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7
Get up very early in the morning, drive to Beimuping area (about 3300m), full day birding from high to lower elevation. (including Dengshenggou, Shawan area )  (B,L, D)
 
Day 8
After morning birding in Balangshan, Drive the way back to Chengdu.
 
Day 9
Your departure. (B,L,D)