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Fujian Province

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Sulphur-breasted Warbler Phylloscopus ricketti ©Craig Brelsford Website

A province on China’s east coast, opposite the island of Taiwan. The provincial capital is Fuzhou, on the Min River.

The Min river estuary has a wide expanse of sandbars and mudflats. As well as waterfowl in the winter, Dalmatian Pelicans are regularly recorded. In summer a variety of terns can be seen, including the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern. The birds seen at the Min river estuary appear to be the same group that actually nest on the Taiwan-controlled Matsu Islands, about 30km east of the mainland. Breeding waders include the ‘dealbatus’ form of Kentish Plover, “White-faced” Plover.

Fujian’s second coastal city is Xiamen, formerly known as Amoy. Here in 1866 Robert Swinhoe shot the type specimen of the bird now known as Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel.

Inland Fujian has been little-visited by foreign birders, except for Wuyi Shan, a National Nature Reserve based around the highest peaks in eastern China, on Fujian’s northwest border with Jiangxi Province. In autumn 1873 the legendary Lazarist Missionary Armand David spent two months studying the birds and other wildlife from a base in Kuadun. (David’s greatest claim to scientific glory was his securing of the first specimen of Giant Panda in Sichuan a few years later.) Today, Wuyi’s scenery and famous tea are great attractions for the tens of thousands of domestic tourists who visit annually. Some of the best birding on the mountain is done along a narrow track that leads to the summit of Huanggang Shan, the highest peak in the Wuyi range. (Also accessible from the Jiangxi side.) Cabot’s Tragopan, Elliot’s Pheasant and White-necklaced (Ricketts) Hill Partridge may be seen, but the Partridge is usually only heard.

Fujian is a relatively prosperous and outward-looking province. A growing number of keen local birdwatching groups, such as the

Fujian Birdwatching Society and the Xiamen Birdwatching Society co-ordinate birding of this still relatively underwatched area. Blyth’s Kingfisher has been found at Longxi NNR, perhaps the easternmost record of this “difficult-to-find” species. Elsewhere Scaly-sided Mergansers can be found on some inland rivers. Recently the spectacular Sultan Tit was rediscovered in the province after an absence of records for eighty years. The rare and secretive White-eared Night Heron has also been found at a couple of inland sites.

Fujian is well off the beaten path of the Lonely Planet crowd, and has few Chinese endemic species. Nevertheless, it is still a rewarding place for both birder and general interest visitor.

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2015 [05 May] - Craig Brelsford - Emeifeng

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From 30 April to 3 May 2015, and again from 28 to 31 May 2015, Elaine and I birded Emeifeng, a mountain in Fujian, China.

2016 [05 May] - Devaram T

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Emeifeng is one of the key location in China which has easy accessibility to see the endemic gamebirds like Cabot’s Tragopan and Elliot’s Pheasant. The plan of seeing the Gamebirds and other woodland birds had an unanimous vote among the squad and it was decided to hit the place when the migration starts to tail-off in Shanghai.

Organisations

Fujian Bird Watching Society

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FBWS, whose full name is the Bird Watching Society of Fujian Wildlife Conservation Association, is an independent organization under the leadership of Fujian Wildlife Conservation Association…

Fujian Bird Watching Society

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FBWS, whose full name is the Bird Watching Society of Fujian Wildlife Conservation Association, was founded in Feb, 2004. The Society aims at conserving both birds and their habitats and carrying out public environmental education. There are currently about 1,000 members.

Xiamen Bird Watching Society

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…Xiamen enjoys a diverse ecological environment including forest, wetland, farmland etc. and a pleasant climate with warm winters and cool summers, and offers habitat for a wide variety of birds…

Xiamen Bird Watching Society

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According to China faunal geographic division, Xiamen belongs to the Min-Guang coastal sub-region, South China in Oriental realm. Xiamen enjoys a diverse ecological environment including forest, wetland, farmland etc. and a pleasant climate with warm winters and cool summers, and offers habitat for a wide variety of birds. Early in, Foreign missionaries began collecting birds in Xiamen during the middle of the 18 century. Around 1860, Robert Swinhoe recorded 228 species of birds in Xiamen. Since its establishment the Xiamen Birdwatching Society (XBS) has recorded more than 330 species of birds in Xiamen.

Reserves

Wuyi Mountain National Natural Reserve

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The Reserve has a total of 475 species of vertebrate, of which there are 31 species of mammals, 73 species of birds, 35 species of amphibians and 40 species of fish…

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Birdwatching in Xiamen

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Xiamen bird watchers have formed the Observe Birds Association (OBA), and each March the OBA promotes “Care for Birds Week,” and offers field trips for bird watchers of all ages…