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Jiangsu covers an area of 100,000 square kilometers and has a long coast line. Eighty to ninety percent of the province is made up of plainland, making Jiangsu the most low lying and flat province of China. In the south of Jiangsu lies the Changjiang Delta, and to the north there is huge Jianghuai plain. Yuntai Mountain in the northeast is its highest peak, with an altitude of just 625 meters. In the south there are a lot of small rivers which creating a so-called 'water net', with the large Changjiang River running through them all.

Jiangsu's long coast line attracts vast numbers of water birds, especially during migration times. There are several Natural Reserves in Yancheng city, which mainly aim to protect endangered Red-crowned Crane. According to data, 448 species of birds have been recorded in Jiangsu Province.

Nanjing, as the capital city of Jiangsu province, lies across the Changjiang River, making it an excellent strategic position. The Changjiang River is the distributional limit of many species of birds, both of winter visitors, summer migrants and even resident birds, thus making Nanjing a very good place to see birds of both north and south distribution, let alone those wider ranging species.

The two main and most famous mountains in Nanjing are Purple Mountain and Laoshan Mountain. Purple Mountain is to the east of the city and has more than 130 species of birds recorded so far. Laoshan Mountain, located to the west of the city, runs from northeast to southwest across Jiangpu district and covers an area of around 6 million square kilometers. Over 150 species of birds have been recorded in the Laoshan area, including the fabulous Fairy Pitta, Black Bulbul, Blue Whistling Thrush, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and Black Baza, etc. Also, there are a great number of small hills and lakes, providing a suitable environment for many different birds.

Because ornithology and birdwatching in Nanjing is such a recent phenomenon, fewer than 300 species of birds have been recorded, including such gems as Brown Hawk Owl, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Long-toed Stint, Long-billed Plover, Black Baza, Northern Goshawk, Imperial Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Chinese Egret, Black Bittern, Fairy Pitta, Trogons, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Black Bulbul, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Common Rosefinch, etc. But along with the rapid growth of birdwatching as a pastime, the number of birds recorded is sure to be increased quickly in the next few years, as this is much richer in birdlife than has so far been documented.

Contributor

Shrike Zhang

Nanjing

shrikezhang@163.com

Organisations

Changzhou Wild Bird Society

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Changzhou Wild Bird Society, which was established on 29th October 2006, is the first green ngo in Changzhou which focuses on wild bird conservation, academic research and environmental education….

Jiangsu Bird Watching Society

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Jiangsu Bird Watching Society is initiated by a group of birder in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China. The goal of Jiangsu Bird Watching Society is to raise the awareness of the protection of local birds and their habitats…

Jiangsu Wild Birds Society

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Jiangsu Wild Bird Society, which is a non-profit civil organization, was founded in October 2005 by a group of people who care about the protection of wild birds in Jiangsu, especially in the Nanjing region. The present membership number is about 100…

Reserves

Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve

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Covering an area of 3,000 hectares, the Reserve is mainly to protect Milu - Père David's deer Elaphurus davidianus

Dafeng National Nature Reserve

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…typical intertidal mudflat ecosystem on the coastline of the Yellow Sea, supporting a wide variety of rare animal species, including 315 species of birds…

Yancheng National Natural Reserve for Coastal Rare Birds

Website

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The completion of those projects may help aquatic animals and birds to live and breed. The establishment of the Yancheng National Nature Reserve is significant to the protection and study of migrant rare birds such as red-crowned crane. It has become an ideal habitat for rare birds…

Yancheng National Nature Reserve

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Comprises the largest coastal wetland in China, expansive mudflats along over 120 kilometres of coastline which supports high biodiversity. About 3 million individuals of 200 bird species are said to migrate through the site annually, and many, particularly Anatidae, winter there…

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Guides & Tour Operators

Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Wings

Tour Operator

Outstanding among China's birds are its fabulously evocative cranes and we expect to see six species, including majestic Red-crowned Cranes on the edge of the Yellow Sea, rare Black-necked Cranes at Caohai Lake and mythical Siberian, White-naped and Hooded Cranes at Poyang Hu National Nature Reserve, the site of what has been described as "the greatest avian spectacle in Asia."

Forums & Mailing Lists

Chang Zhou Wildbirds Society

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Forum - Wildbirds Society in Chang Zhou City. Chang Zhou City is at the south of Jiang Su Province in China….

Jiangsu Bird Watching Society

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The goal of Jiangsu Bird Watching Society is to raise the awareness of the protection of local birds and their habitats. The forum is for the exchange of views and information…

Other Links

Checklist

Website

Downloadable list of the birds of the province…