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Large Niltava Niltava grandis ©Laurence Poh Website

Tibet is consider, by the Republic of China, to be one of its provinces; Xizang - for a different perspective look at the Xizang page off the China page… www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/asia/china_xizang.html Also see that page for a fuller description of the geography etc. of the area. Most links to other relevant websites are posted on that page

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 561


Number of endemics: 1

Sillem's Mountain-Finch Leucosticte sillemi

Useful Reading

* Field Guides & Bird Song

For a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Asia as a whole - please see the Asia page of Fatbirder

A Field Guide to the Birds of China

by John MacKinnon, Karen Phillipps and David Showler | OUP | 2000 | Paperback

ISBN: 0198549407

Buy this book from NHBS.com

A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia

Craig Robson Hardcover - 504 pages ( 1 February, 2000) New Holland Publishers (UK)

ISBN: 1843307464

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Trip Reports


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.

2005 [July] - Hannu Jannes


…Despite all my worries, everything went very well and our long journey through the breathtakingly beautiful highlands produced 201 species…

2005 [June] - George Wagner


The mystical land of Tibet holds many attractions to westerners. Many come to visit the monasteries, its people, and the stark landscape. In June of 2005, I went there to see the birds of the Tibetan plateau. Traditional Tibet is now split among four Chinese governmental provinces. This trip report covers birding areas I visited the two largest Tibetan provinces – Xizang and Qinghai. These two provinces constitute most of traditional Tibet and hold nearly all of the birds associated with the Tibetan Plateau…

2005 [June] - Mr. Tang Jun, Ms Dang Rong &Mr. Dong Xiaohe - SE of Qinghai/Tibet Plateau


I think this is probably the first birding report from this area by a local Chinese people. So it should be good to let the birders worldwide have more view of birds of this area from a Chinese viewpoint…

2006 [November] - Jesper Hornskov



2013 [August] - Mark Beaman

Report PDF

…Tibetan Plateau specialities, including every plateau endemic apart from the effectively inaccessible Sillem’s Mountain Finch, even including Lord Derby’s Parakeet (not a Birdquest lifer but a species we have not seen for some years), not to mention the likes of Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Szechenyi’s Monal Partridge (or Buff-throated Partridge), Giant and Kozlov’s (or Tibetan) Babaxes, Prince Henri’s (or Brown-cheeked) Laughingthrush, Groundpecker (or Ground Tit), Kozlov’s (or Tibetan) Bunting, Roborovski’s (or Tibetan) Rosefinch and the strange Przevalski’s (or Pink-tailed) Finch, the sole member of its family…

2014 [October] - Jesper Hornskov

PDF Report

The mammals, the birds, the unbeatable scenery (at this time of the year in places still blanketed in wildflowers), an intriguing amalgam of local cultures, wonderful food, comfortable - from 'definitely OK' to 'surprisingly good' - accommodations & (not least) the companionship all came together to produce a trip the more memorable for the region - though in many ways an indisputable 'MUST' destination for anyone hooked on Palearctic and/or Asian mammals or birds - being so under-visited....

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Checklist - Birds of Tibet


Qinghai-Tibet Plateau


There are 370 kinds of birds on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, of which, 30 are under top government protection…