Partridges, pheasants, tit at Pamuling monastery


This video from China says about itself:

Qinghai 2005 Part 6

This clip starts west of Nanqian, through the Kandashan Pass to the Mekong River. Species included are Hill pigeon, Ibisbill, Himalayan griffon vultures, Koslov’s/Tibetan bunting, Beautiful rosefinch, White-browed tit, Woolly hare, Tickell’s leaf warbler, White-browed/Stoliczka’s tit-warbler, Common rosefinch, Hodgson’s redstart, White-eared pheasant, Kessler’s thrush, White-winged grosbeak, Glover’s pika, Szechenyi’s Monal/Buff-throated partridge and Hume’s groundpecker.

As this blog told you, on 3 April 2018 we were at Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the top of Pamuling mountain in Sichuan, China. Outside the monastery were many birds, like this buff-throated partridge.

Buff-throated partridge, 3 April 2018

Which came much closer than the bird on the video; the local monks feed the birds.

Buff-throated partridges, 3 April 2018

Then, two buff-throated partridges.

Buff-throated partridge, on 3 April 2018

Besides this buff-throated partridge, Chinese white-browed rosefinches were also present.

So were Elliott’s laughingthrushes and giant laughingthrushes. And ravens.

Blood pheasants, 3 April 2018

Soon, these blood pheasants arrived. The female on the left, the male on the right.

Blood pheasant, 3 April 2018

They walked, like this female.

Blood pheasant male, 3 April 2018

And they looked for food, like this male.

Later, a blood pheasant went looking for food in the monastery’s inner courtyard.

Rufous-vented tit, 3 April 2018

This rufous-vented tit was on a tree.

Orange-flanked bush robin

And this orange-flanked bush robin on another tree.

Near the monastery were two pigeons. They looked much like domestic pigeons; or like rock pigeons, the wild ancestors of domestic pigeons. However, they were hill pigeons: a related similar species, more adapted to mountains.

Stay tuned, as there will be more Pamuling birds on this blog!

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Birds of mountains and rivers in China


Crows, 2 April 2018

As I blogged before, on 2 April 2018 we were in a nature reserve, over 4,000 meter high, in Sichuan, China. As we went down gradually later that day, these two birds sat on a fence: a carrion crow on the left, and a collared crow on the right. Seconds later, the carrion crow drove its collared colleague away. Without any obvious reason, as there was space enough on the fence.

Daurian redstart, 2 April 2018

A bit further, this male Daurian redstart. ‘Daurian’ refers to the Dauria region, east of Lake Baikal in Russia.

Yaks, 2 April 2018

Near a farm and a river, these domestic yaks.

Up the mountain slope, a hoopoe.

Plumbeous water redstart, 2 April 2018

On rocks in the river, another redstart: a plumbeous water redstart. In western Europe are only two redstart species. In China there are fourteen. Songbirds originated in Australia, about 50 million years ago. So, one can expect more species in China, which is closer to Australia, than in western Europe, reached later by the songbirds.

Common mergansers, 2 April 2018

As we went further down, the river became broader, and more fit for, eg, ducks. Like this common merganser couple. The female with the reddish-brown head on the left; the male with the dark green head on the right.

Common mergansers, on 2 April 2018

On a wire, an Eurasian kestrel.

Himalayan vulture, 2 April 2018

We left the valley and went higher up again. On a hill, this Himalayan vulture.

We arrived in Pamuling town. Stay tuned, as after 2 April we would also see beautiful birds on 3 April; eg, around Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery, nine centuries old!

Mountain birds in China, 2 April 2018


White-browed rosefinch, 2 April 2018

Still 2 April 2018 in the mountains above Jiagenba village in Sichuan, China. We saw partridges and pheasants then. But they were not the only birds there. As these Chinese white-browed rosefinch photos show.

White-browed rosefinch, on 2 April 2018

Common rosefinches were present as well.

Some twenty snow pigeons flying overhead. A large-billed crow.

A mammal as well: a hare, looking like a European hare. However, that species does not live here. So, it is a woolly hare.

Robin accentor, 2 April 2018

A robin accentor on a shrub which was just waking up from hibernation.

A Himalayan vulture flying.

White-throated redstart, 2 April 2018

A white-throated redstart.

A marsh tit on a branch. A rufous-breasted accentor on a rock.

Giant laughingthrush, 2 April 2018

A giant laughingthrush.

Giant laughingthrush, China, 2 April 2018

This beautiful species is plentiful in this nature reserve.

Giant laughingthrush, on 2 April 2018

As we started going down again slowly, a woodcock flying away fast.

Alpine choughs near the highest farm of the valley.

There will be more on birds of these mountainous regions; so, stay tuned!

Pheasants, partridges in mountains in China


This video says about itself:

More than one hundred researchers from tens of countries attended the Galliformes Symposium in Chengdu, China in golden Autumn, 2007. After the symposium, some of them came to Daocheng to watch pheasants. White-eared Pheasants, Tibetan Partridge, Buff-throated Partridge, Blood Pheasant and other birds were seen in seven days. Most of them had a wonderful memory in Daocheng.

After 1 April 2018 came 2 April 2018. Then, as I blogged, we went from Kangding to Jiagenba.

Tibetan partridge, 2 April 2018

As we went higher from Jiagenba to a mountainous nature reserve, there was this Tibetan partridge.

Tibetan partridge, on 2 April 2018

Blood pheasant, 2 April 2018

At a wall, there was one blood pheasant …

Blood pheasants, 2 April 2018

… two blood pheasants …

Four blood pheasants, 2 April 2018

… four blood pheasants.

Two blood pheasants, 2 April 2018

The blood pheasants moved on.

White-eared pheasant, 2 April 2018

We also went higher. Where there was more snow, and this white-eared pheasant.

Male white-eared pheasant, 2 April 2018

This is a male white-eared pheasant. They have a bit longer tails than females.

White-eared pheasant, on 2 April 2018

Because it was an unusually warm spring, the snow had already started melting.

White-eared pheasants, 2 April 2018

Usually, about 2 April, white-eared pheasants here have their mating dances. But this spring, these had already happened, and couples had found each other (the male in front on the photo).

Game birds were not the only birds in this area. So, stay tuned!

Birds, Buddhism and yaks in Jiagenba village, China


Jiagenba, 2 April 2018

After the Lady Amherst’s pheasants of 1 April 2018, on the next day, 2 April, we went from Kangding to Jiagenba village, depicted on this photo.

In this mountainous region in Sichuan province, common merganser in a river. Most people in this area are Tibetan Buddhists, as was visible from the many big Buddhist religious inscriptions on mountain slopes. At various places were stupas, structures containing relics of Buddhist monks or nuns.

Jiagenba is at 3400 meter high and has about 2500 human inhabitants. Conspicuous among winged inhabitants were Eurasian tree sparrows. In Europe, these are a countryside species; while house sparrows live in cities and towns. However, in China, tree sparrows are birds of cities and villages. Outside built-up areas in China lives a third sparrow species, which we will meet later on this blog.

Jiagenba, prayer flags, 2 April 2018

Buddhism was conspicuous in Jiagenba by prayer flags and prayer wheels on buildings.

Jiagenba, yaks, 2 April 2018

A small herd of yaks advanced through the village’s main street.

Carrion crows. A magpie.

Jiagenba, prayer flags, on 2 April 2018

More prayer flags yet.

We left the village. We went higher, to over 4,000 meter.

Snow line, 2 April 2018

We reached the snow line.

Stay tuned for the beautiful birds we saw in that area!

Lady Amherst’s pheasants, other birds, squirrels in China


Lady Amherst's pheasant male, 1 April 2018

After my earlier Lady Amherst’s pheasants’ dance floor blog post, we were still there on 1 April 2018, as this photo of the adult male pheasant shows.

Lady Amherst's pheasant three males, 1 April 2018

There were not just the adult male and the females. Two immature males as well, shown on this photo. Also, a red-hipped squirrel.

Lady Amherst's pheasant young male, Elliott's laughing thrush, squirrel, 1 April 2018

On this photo, a red-hipped squirrel and an Elliott’s laughing thrush join a female pheasant.

Elliott's laughing thrush and Chinese babaxes, 1 April 2018

An Elliott’s laughing thrush was also joined by a group of bigger songbirds, Chinese babaxes.

Chinese babaxes, 1 April 2018

Quite a big flock of Chinese babaxes. They look a bit like spotted nutcrackers, but are not closely related to them.

Black-browed tit, 1 April 2018

On a branch, a white-collared yuhina. On another branch, this black-browed tit.

Lady Amherst's pheasant young male, 1 April 2018

A young male Lady Amherst’s pheasant returned.

Elliott's laughing thrushes, 1 April 2018

While two Elliott’s laughing thrushes enjoyed the food.

This is the end of my blogging on 1 April. There will be plenty about 2 April in China on this blog; so, stay tuned!

Lady Amherst’s pheasant in China in love


Lady Amherst's pheasants, male and female, on 1 April 2018

Still, like on the previous blog post, 1 April 2018, at the Lady Amherst’s pheasants‘ dance floor. As this photo shows, the adult male and the females danced on and off rocks, on and off the slope on the left.

Lady Amherst's pheasant, male, on 1 April 2018

See the beautiful orange feathers in the male’s tail.

Lady Amherst's pheasant, male's tail, on 1 April 2018

I cannot get enough of this beautiful bird, so, more photos.

Lady Amherst's pheasant, male, China, on 1 April 2018

The lifespan of these pheasants is 6-10 years in the wild; 15 years in zoos. Females lay 5-12 eggs, usually in May.

Lady Amherst's pheasant, male, in China, on 1 April 2018

Lady Amherst's pheasant, male bird, in China, on 1 April 2018

More about Lady Amherst’s pheasants and other wildlife is on its way. So, stay tuned!