Paradise of Parrotbill
Wawushan birdwatching tour in Sichuan (departure Daily)
Best season:from 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.
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, you may even see Golden pheasants there!
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.
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.
A whole free day birding in the Wawushan forest
Free time for your to do birding in Wawushan. After lunch Drive the way back to Chengdu. Then departure.
We can extend the itinerary as long as you like
The prime endemic birds you may see here are: Lady Amherst's Pheasant,Temminck's Tragopan,Chinese Bamboo 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,
Bush warbler we could encounter: Aberrant, Yellowish-bellied, Brownish-flanked, Chestnut-crowned, Grey-sided, Brown and Russet Bush Warblers
Chinese Blue Flycatcher (split from Blue-throated), Chinese��Bamboo 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.
Pace & Walking: Moderate pace, involve some long hikes over steep and densely forested terrain. From easy to moderate. Mostly about 2000-2500M
Climate: Variable. At lower altitudes it is generally warm or hot (and often rather humid), while at higher altitudes temperatures range from cool to cold. At this season sunny periods alternate with rainy, overcast weather (and it may even snow at high altitudes).
Meals: The Meals in China is always one of the most memorable parts of any tour. We will offer you the very local yummy all the trip!
This time Gongtong Hotel. The accommodation we used will be always the available top grade hotels or hostels which close to birds.
Other attractions: Chengdu Panda Breeding Center