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Species of birds at Green Lake

_shara_ (98 posts) • 0


does anyone happen to have a link listing bird species that might be around Kunming/Yunnan ideally in English?, I was looking at the birds this morning at Green Lake and it would be nice to work out what they are. I know I'm being lazy, I should get a Chinese bird book or research it more myself, but just in case :)

tigertiger - moderator (5085 posts) • 0

I am pretty sure that there are books on Yunnan birds, and so you are looking for something that does exist.
Apart from trawling the internet, you could also look/ask in Mandarin Books on Wenhua Xiang, up the road and around the corner from Salvador's cafe bar

AlexN (8 posts) • +3

Wish I had seen this post a year ago.

Well, in case you (or others) are still interested, here is the list of birds people have seen at Green Lake and logged to eBird (some of the waterfowl are domesticated; some of the laughingthrushes are caged birds):

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha
Garganey Anas querquedula

Herons, Ibis, and Allies
Gray Heron Ardea cinerea
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus

Vultures, Hawks, and Allies
Black Kite Milvus migrans

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies
Eurasian Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Pigeons and Doves
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis

Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris
House Swift Apus nipalensis
Asian Palm-Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus

White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis

Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica

Martins and Swallows
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Penduline-Tits and Long-tailed Tits
Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus

Black-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus atriceps
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster

Leaf Warblers
Pallas's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Blyth's/Claudia's/Hartert's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides/claudiae/goodsoni

Cisticolas and Allies
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies

Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus

Laughingthrushes and Allies
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Ianthocincla pectoralis
Black-throated Laughingthrush Ianthocincla chinensis
White-browed Laughingthrush Ianthocincla sannio
Blue-winged Minla Actinodura cyanouroptera

Old World Flycatchers
Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis
Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus

Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus

Starlings and Mynas
Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus
Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus

Wagtails and Pipits
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies
Oriental Greenfinch Chloris sinica
Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria

Old World Sparrows
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus


_shara_ (98 posts) • 0

I am still interested, thanks!!!!!

One day when I have more time I will go and spend some time looking for these :D

vicar (818 posts) • 0

I've seen an eagle hovering over Green Lake and I'm sure I've seen bats there at night. They flew past really quickly so couldn't quite see in the dark.

AlexN (8 posts) • +1

Bats and Swifts (a very cool kind of bird related to the hummingbird) are common every evening.

I also enjoy watching them, especially from The Park.

nnoble (889 posts) • 0

@AlexN Thanks for that link at the end of your post. I finally identified a bird I see occasionally at the lake.

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