The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! In this issue we spotlight one of our China tours, give updates on upcoming tours, provide links to recent trip reports, and list one upcoming event.
China: Sichuan and the Tibetan Plateau
Tropical Birding is already taking bookings for this classic China tour for 2017; if you only visit the vast land of China once, this is the tour to do. China is famed for dramatic landscapes, epitomized by the sweeping plains of the Tibetan Plateau, hemmed in on all sides by giant mountains that connect with the Himalayas. Alongside this scenery are a selection of stunning Asian birds: pheasants, parrotbills, laughingthrushes, rosefinches, and beautiful robins are particularly well represented on this tour. We target specialties like the mind-blowing Lady Amherst’s Pheasant and Temminck’s Tragopan, robins like the spectacular Firethroat, gorgeous White-tailed Rubythroat, and gaudy Golden Bush-Robin. Of special interest for family-chasers is Przevalski’s Rosefinch, also known as Przevalski’s “Pinktail”. The Tibetan Plateau also offers a glimpse into the lives of peaceful Tibetan Buddhist monks that roam the grasslands while herding their vast groups of Yaks. In between the herds are wetland areas that play host to that most regal of Chinese birds, the endangered Black-necked Crane.
The tour starts in the modern city of Chengdu, then visits Sichuan’s diverse subtropical forests, before moving up to the dramatic (and often snow-covered), 14,700ft-high Balang Shan pass, the home of the hardy Tibetan Snowcock and deep blue Grandala. Moving to the Tibetan Plateau, open grasslands and wetlands dominate the landscapes, where lurid Citrine Wagtails sing from the edges of the marshes. Spruce-covered slopes at the edge of the plateau offer standouts like Blue Eared-Pheasant and Crested Tit-Warbler. It is no exaggeration to say that this tour offers up some of the most sought-after and highly rated bird species in all of Asia. Any birder with a fascination for China, and spectacular Asian birds in particular, simply has to have this tour in their travel plans!
These are just some of the tours we offer; for the complete tour schedule, please see our website at www.tropicalbirding.com. Also don't forget that we run dozens of customized private tours every year to these and many other destinations; a custom tour can be an attractive option for groups that enjoy traveling together, for those who want to get off the beaten track, or for people whose work schedules make joining a set-departure tour difficult.