Jiangsu Province

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach ©Alister Benn Website
Birding Jiangsu

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 plains, 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.

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Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 502

    (As at August 2018)
  • But there are two 'breeding endemics': Sulphur-breasted Leaf Warbler Seicercus ricketti & Chinese Thrush Otocichla mupinensis.
  • Changzhou Wild Bird Society

    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…. See their website (Chinese Text only)
  • Jiangsu Bird Watching Society

    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…

Abbreviations Key

  • NNR Dafeng Milu

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    Yancheng Dafeng Milu National Nature Reserve is specifically designed to conserve and naturalize an endangered deer species, Pere David's Deer or Milu in Chinese. The deer reserve park is a part of the Yancheng National Nature Reserve, which is a conservation area for endangered bird species, including the red crowned crane, insects, fish and animal species.
  • NNR Yancheng

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    The Nature Reserve is the largest coastal wetland reserve in the East of China with international prestige, which occupies 453,000 ha coastal wetland and 582 km of coastline. So far recorded 379 birds and 47 mammals. There are about 3 million individuals of more than 200 bird species annually migrating through the region.
Sightings, News & Forums
  • Chang Zhou Wildbirds Society

    Forum - Wildbirds Society in Chang Zhou City. Chang Zhou City is at the south of Jiang Su Province in China
  • Jiangsu Bird Watching Society

    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
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Alpine Birding

    Tour Operator
    Birding trips here are made for avid birders including yearly-run trips and new China birding trips developed by AlpineBirding team and guided by our bird experts in the best.

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