[Ed.s note: These locations are also covered in the authors' extensive all-Asia report.]
H = Hong Kong: various locations (not Mai Po)
M = Macao: Coloane Island
Y = Yangshuo: Eastern Guangxi province (Agricultural)
L = Longshen: Northeast Guangxi (Riparian & mountain)
A = Anshun: Central Guizhou, 80 km SW of Guiyang (Urban & agri)
Hong Kong birding spots are well-known. Only upland sites were visited.
Macao is easily visited from Hong Kong, but one day of attempted birding did not yield any productive sites.
China locations are difficult to reach, except by chosing a general itinerary that includes as many small cities as possible. Rural visits are problematic, owing to the lack of tourist infrastructure, but smallish cities afford easy walks from the city to surrounding rural land, where we found an unexpected population and variety of birds. Rural Chinese are friendly and not at all suspicious of strangers in their rice paddies. The route (by bus) from Yangshuo through Anshun is described in the Lonely Planet guide to China.
Numbers and nomenclature according to Birds of Southeast Asia by King and Woodcock.
No. Name Location --- ---- -------- 29 Chinese Pond-Heron H M 32 Pacific Reef-Egret H 36 Little Egret H 101 Black Kite H 120 Northern Goshawk H Y 151 Eurasian Kestrel Y 158 Peregrine Falcon A 159 Chinese Francolin Y 215 White-breat Waterhen H 243 Spotted Dove H M 334 Rock Pigeon A 362 Indian Cuckoo M 448 Common Kingfisher Y L 457 White-throat Kingfisher M 484 Great Barbet H 572 Barn Swallow A 598 Scarlet Minivet H L 608 Collared Finchbill Y L 616 Red-whisker Bulbul H 618 Light-vented Bulbul H M Y 668 Black-bill Magpie H M 681 Large-bill Crow H 684 Black-throat Tit L 688 Yellow-belly Tit L 690 Great Tit H Y L 692 Yellow-cheek Tit H 699 Velvet-front Nuthatch H 770 Masked Laughingthrush H 792 Hwamei H 817 Blue-wing Minla H Introduced 839 Striated Yuhina L 879 Magpie Robin H M Y A 886 Daurian Redstart L A 887 Plumbeous Redstart L 900 Stonechat H 909 Blue Rock Thrush Y 950 Inornate Warbler Y L A 975 Common Tailorbird H Y 987 Zitting Cisticola M 1017 Red-throat Flycatcher Y 1061 White Wagtail H Y L A 1062 Grey Wagtail H Y 1063 Yellow Wagtail H Y L A 1067 Richard's Pipit H 1069 Red-throat Pipit A 1080 Long-tail Shrike H M A 1091 Black-neck Starling H 1097 Crested Myna H M 1112 Fork-tail Sunbird H 1113 Black-throat Sunbird L 1137 Japanese White-eye H M Y 1140 Eurasian Tree Sparrow A Introduced 1154 Scaly-breast Munia H 116- Carduelis sp. * A 118- Emberiza sp. * Y ---- Sulfur-crested Cockatoo H Introduced
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