Pandas and birds in Chengdu, China

This video from China says about itself:

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan has been created to imitate the natural habitat for Giant Panda and other rare species rearing and breeding. Its stated goal is to “be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination.” In the video in addition to the Giant Pandas you can see also the so called Red Panda. Recorded October 2015 in 4K (Ultra HD) with Sony AX100. Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

As I wrote, on 31 March 2018 we arrived at Chengdu airport in Sichuan province in China. That day in Chengdu, we went to the local panda reserve.

Panda, Chengdu, 31 March 2018

Panda, in Chengdu, 31 March 2018

The giant pandas were climbing trees.

Panda upside down, Chengdu, 31 March 2018

Sometimes, upside down.

At the panda reserve, one cannot only see mammals, but also wild birds.

Recently, a wallcreeper was seen there for the first time.

On a roof near the entrance, a grey-capped greenfinch.

White-browed laughingthrush, 31 March 2018

There was also this light-vented bulbul.

Spotted dove, 31 March 2018

Spotted doves like this one were plentiful.

We saw an oriental magpie-robin as well.

Grey-capped greenfinch, 31 March 2018

A bit further, another grey-capped greenfinch, among fallen leaves.

White-browed laughingthrush, on 31 March 2018

And a white-browed laughingthrush; a frequent species in the reserve.

Red-billed leiothrix, 31 March 2018

On the footpath, this red-billed leiothrix. This bird is also called Japanese nightingale in English. In Dutch, besides Japanese nightingale, it is also called Chinese nightingale: more appropriate, as it is native to China, not to Japan.

Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Nightingale is considered by Wikipedia to be about the common nightingale. However, that bird does not live in China, where the story is set. In China, the not closely related ‘Chinese nightingale’, the red-billed leiothrix, lives. So, it is a better bird to associate with the fairy tale; though I don’t know to what extent Andersen was aware of this ornithological issue.

Peacock, 31 March 2018

We continued to a red panda compound. Next to it was this female peacock. On the other side of the footpath, a male on a tree.

A black-throated tit on another tree.

Vinous-throated parrotbill

Next, a marshy part of the reserve. Where we saw this marshy areas-loving bird, a vinous-throated parrotbill.

In a pond, a swimming moorhen. And juvenile and adult black swans. And ruddy shelducks. And a little grebe.

Barn swallows flying overhead.

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