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China: Yunnan Province

Despite its name, Yunnan Fulvetta isn’t (quite) restricted to that province. Scarlet-faced Liocichla is quite common around Ruili… …as is Rufous-backed Sibia. One of our early targets will be the ever-elusive Blue-naped Pitta… …with Grey Peacock-pheasant, such as this male, hopefully following on. Red-billed is just one of several species of scimitar-babbler we should see. During our time near Yingjiang we’ll visit bird hides and spend some time walking quiet roads and short trails searching for the likes of… …Chinese Blue Flycatcher. On reaching historic Lijiang, Black-breasted Thrushes… …Chestnut-vented Nuthatches… …and Golden-throated Barbets can be common. In the magnificent forests at Baihualing we’ll search for a variety of birds including Mrs Hume’s Pheasant – here a male… …Blue-winged and… …the gorgeous Red-tailed Laughingthrushes… …Golden Bush Robins… …Bar-throated Minlas… …Beautiful Sibias… …and Red-headed Trogon. Here too we’ll search for skulking species such as Rufous-throated Partridge… …and Scaly Laughingthrush. The recently split Himalayan Forest Thrush isn’t rare here… …and we expect to see Gould’s Shortwing a few times. Other skulkers include White-browed Shortwing,… …while Black Giant Squirrel can be seen crashing around the trees. We’ll experience a variety of different birding habitats - from open forest areas… …to quality forest, such as here in the Gaoligong Shan which is among the best in China… …to open country. Target species near Lijiang include the localised Rufous-tailed Babbler… …and the poorly-known Black-browed Tit. Our tour draws to a close with a visit to the historic town of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site dominated by the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain… …and it is here that we hope to see the recently-discovered, and little-known, White-speckled Laughingthrush.