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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

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Wildlife You've Seen in Yunnan

Birds I've seen at Yunnan University (the old campus)

Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Eastern Buzzard - Buteo japonicus
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Spotted Dove - Streptopelia chinensis
Himalayan Owl - Strix nivicolum
House Swift - Apus nipalensis
Black-capped Kingfisher - Halcyon pileata
Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus
Long-tailed Shrike - Lanius schach
Ashy Drongo - Dicrurus leucophaeus
White-throated Fantail - Rhipidura albicollis
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher - Culicicapa ceylonensis
Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus
Red-whiskered Bulbul - Pycnonotus jocosus
Brown-breasted Bulbul - Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
Light-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus sinensis
Sooty-headed Bulbul - Pycnonotus aurigaster
Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus
Tickell's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus affinis
Pallas's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus
Hume's Warbler - Phylloscopus humei
Blyth's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus reguloides
Davison's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus davisoni
Gray-crowned Warbler - Seicercus tephrocephalus
Spectacled Fulvetta - Fulvetta ruficapilla
Oriental White-eye - Zosterops palpebrosus
Black-streaked Scimitar-Babbler - Megapomatorhinus gravivox
White-browed Laughingthrush - Ianthocincla sannio
Red-billed Leiothrix - Leiothrix lutea
Blue-winged Minla - Actinodura cyanouroptera
Dark-sided Flycatcher - Muscicapa sibirica
Ferruginous Flycatcher - Muscicapa ferruginea
Asian Brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa dauurica
Oriental Magpie-Robin - Copsychus saularis
Hill Blue-Flycatcher - Cyornis banyumas
Verditer Flycatcher - Eumyias thalassinus
Siberian Blue Robin - Larvivora cyane
Siberian Rubythroat - Calliope calliope
White-tailed Robin - Cinclidium leucurum
Slaty-backed Flycatcher - Ficedula sordida
Daurian Redstart - Phoenicurus auroreus
Common Hill Myna - Gracula religiosa
White-cheeked Starling - Spodiopsar cineraceus
Crested Myna - Acridotheres cristatellus
Gould's Sunbird - Aethopyga gouldiae
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Black-headed Greenfinch - Chloris ambigua
Yellow-billed Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Wildlife You've Seen in Yunnan

I have seen over 150 different species of bird within Kunming city limits.

I am a pretty avid birder but even for more casual nature watchers I would say there's at least 30-40 species of bird you can reliably find in the city at any time of the year.

That number goes up significantly during Spring and Fall migration.

There are more kinds of wild animals in the city than most would imagine (that includes me before I got into birding).


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You won't find an Eastern Yellow Robin anywhere near 百花岭 (or China at all for that matter) unless you are encountering a very serious vagrant or, much more likely but also nearly impossible, an escapee. Might I suggest using an image of a Scarlet Finch as one of the Himalayan endemics that can be regularly encountered at this site?

I also wanted to add that the use of "playback" to draw in birds, especially at frequently visited sites such as BHL, can be very harmful to local populations. The unscrupulous methods employed and/or encouraged by many bird photographers should be scrutinized.

Also, BHL is possibly the number one birding hotspot in all of China (343 species recorded on eBird alone). Very beautiful location with access to the trail that goes all the way over the the Gaoligong Mountains to Tengchong.



The first time I went to Slice of Heaven a few months ago I realized that the name was no misnomer. I had the lasagna (including a tasty side salad and homemade bruschetta) along with some jasmine tea. From the perspective of a slightly homesick Westerner, everything was indeed divine. Since that time I have frequented the establishment and selected a few favorites from the menu including, of course, the best sandwich you can get in Kunming (Bacon and Egg lunch special). Yes, I've spent my fair share of time and money at Slice of Heaven and it has been worth it. Everything from the reading selection (New Scientist and Economist specifically) to the wonderful quirkiness that is uniquely Barbara make Slice of Heaven a place worthy of becoming your "regular spot" (this is especially true if 米线 has lost its allure). I have never felt more at home in the Spring City. Thanks and happy one-year anniversary!