Kunming – Ruili- Yiniang – Nabang – Tengchong – Mt. Gaoligong – Dali - Lijiang
October – May
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Day 1 Kunming - Ruili
Arrive Kunming, and change 1 hour flight to Mangshi, then one hour driving to Ruili. If time permit, we’ll birding along the Ruili Jiang. Overnight in Ruili.
Day 2-3 Ruili
We will spend two and half days around Ruili to search Jerdon's Baza, Red-faced Liocichla, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Blue-throated Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Slender-billed Oriole, Ashy Bulbul, Wire-tailed Swallow, Grey-bellied Tesia, Yellow-vented Warbler, Striated Grassbird, Puff-throated Babbler, Red-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Streaked Wren Babbler, Spot-winged Starling, Collared Myna, Black-backed Forktail, etc. If we’re lucky, we will find White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Dark-sided Thrush , Hodgson's Frogmouth and Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush. Overnight in Ruili.
Day 4 Ruili – Yingjiang – Nabang Town
Morning birding around Ruili, then drive to Yinjiang, where we’ll spend 3.5 days near the Myanmar bordor. Before we arrive Nanbang Town, we’ll search River Tern and Small Pratincole along the Ruili Jiang. Overnight in Nabang Town.
Day 5-7 Nabang Town - Tongbiguan NNR
Searching Grey Peacock Pheasant, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Jerdon's Baza, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Oriental Hobby, River, Red-wattled, and Grey-headed Lapwing, Green Bee-eater, Blue-throated and Blue-eared Barbet, White-browed Piculet, Greater and lesser Yellownape, Long-tailed and Silver-breasted Broadbill, Blyth's and Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Grey-eyed Bulbul, Grey-bellied Tesia, Golden Babbler, White-hooded Babbler, Greater and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Sapphire Flycatcher, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Golden-fronted and Blue-winged Leafbird, Ibisbill, Red-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Streaked Wren Babbler, Spot-winged Starling, Collared Myna, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Black-backed Forktail, etc. around Nanbang Town and Tongbiguan NNR.
Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill
Day 8 Nabang Town - Yinjiang - Tengchong - Mt. Gaoligong
Early morning birding in Tongbiguan NNR, then 3 hours drive to Laifengshan Forest Park, Thengchong. After few hours birding in Laifengshan Forest Park, we keep moving to Mt. Gaoligong. Overnight in the gust house of Mt Gaoligong.
Day 9-11 Mt. Gaoligong
We’ll spend 3.5 day in Mt. Gaoligong to search Common Hill and Rufous-throated Partridge, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Red-headed Trogon, maybe Ward's Trogon, Crimson-breasted and Darjeeling Woodpecker, Cachar Wedge-billed Wren-Babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler , Long-tailed Wren-Babbler , three species tesias, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, 11+laughingthrushes included Grey-sided, Blue-winged, Scaly, Black-faced, Chestnut-crowned, Red-tailed and White-throated Laughingthrush, Himalayan Cutia, Streak-throated Barwing and maybe Streaked Barwing, five Sibias, Spot-breasted and Brown-winged Parrotbill, Chinese Thrush, Golden Bush Robin, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, six sunbirds and flowerpeckers etc.. If we’re lucky, also can find Yellow-rumped Honeyguide and Gould's Shortwing here.
Chestnut-headed Tesia © Shen
© Shen Qiang
Day 12 Mt. Gaoligong – Dali
Morning birding in Mt Gaoligongshan, then 5 hours drive to Dali and overnight.
Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Day 13 Dali – Lijiang
Morning birding in Cangshan and E’hai, then 3 hours driving to Lijiang and overnight.
Day 14 Lijiang – Kunming
Morning keep search White-speckled Laughingthrush near Lijiang. Afternoon flight back to Kunming.
Day 1 Lijiang - Liuku
Leave Lijiang and 8 hours drive to Liuku and overnight.
Day 2-4 Northern part of Mt. Gaoligong
We’ll spend 3.5 days here to search Common Hill Partridge, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Snow Pigeon, Golden-throated Barbet, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Red-billed Chough, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, White-throated Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Streak-throated Barwing, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Brown Parrotbill, Black-throated Parrotbill, White-tailed Nuthatch, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Plain-backed Thrush, Long-tailed Thrush, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Gold-naped Finch etc.
Day 1 Xishuangbanna
Arrive Xishuangbanna, then 1 hour driving to Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden and overnight.
Day 2 Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden
We’ll spend 2 days birding around Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden to search Asia Openbill, Ashy-headed Green Pigeon, Blue-naped Pitta, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Violet Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Collared Scops Owl, Brown Hawk-Owl, Orange-breasted Trogon, Pied Falconet, Rosy Minivet, Asian Stubtail, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Spot-throated Babbler, White-tailed Robin, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Little Spiderhunter, Green Bee-eater etc.
Day 3 Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden - Mengla
Full day birding around Xishuangbanna Botanical Garden, late afternoon drive to Mengla for overnight.
Day 4-6 Xishuangbanna NNR
We’ll spend 3.5 days birding in Xishuangbanna NNR to searchBar-backed Partridge, Green-legged Partridge, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Malayan Night Heron, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, Little Cuckoo-Dove, Indian Roller, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Rufous Woodpecker, Greater Flameback, Greater and lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Grey-eyed Bulbul, White-throated Bulbul, Grey-cheeked Warbler, Red-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Collared Babbler, White-necked Laughingthrush, Spectacled Barwing, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Orange-headed Thrush, Scaly Thrush, White-tailed Flycatcher, Purple-naped Sunbird etc.
Day 7 Mengla - Xishuangbanna
Morning birding in Xishuangbanna NNR, then 4 hours driving back to Xishuangbanna Airport.