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                      Birding In Sichuan Province
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Located in west of China and the upper reaches of Yangtze River, Sichuan is a inland province of China covering 485000 square kilometers with 87.41 million people. The province mainly consists of three parts, Sichuan Basin in the middle and east, Qinghai Tibet-Plateau in the west and hilly areas in the south. Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Hengduan Mountain Ranges stands in its west.
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Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in the south and Qinling-Daba Mountain Ranges in the north.The elevation varies from 500 meters to 7514 meters above the sea level. Being endowed with various landforms, Sichuan enjoys many different climate conditions. The Sichuan Basin has a subtropical humid climate while the plateaus and mountains has perpendicular changed weather with long cold winter.  
Sichuan has abundant water resources with more than 1400 rivers and 1000 lakes. The province is also the largest water resources holding area of upper reaches of Yangtze River. The diversified topography and climate of Sichuan Province has made it a home for large number of rare species.Sichuan is well known as a shelter for Giant Panda(Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Dove Tree(Davidia involucrata) and many other relic species. There are 146 animal species under national key protection here. The province is also a paradise for birds due to the excellent environment. According to investigates, it has recorded 710 bird species. Sichuan is the kingdom of Pheasants of which 25 species are under Galliformes accounting 40% of the total species in China. Among all these pheasant species, there are 7 species endemic to China.The capital of Sichuan Province is Chengdu, which has a history of over 3000 years. Following are some important bird habitats in Sichuan.

 

Some Important Birding Sites in Sichuan

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Wolong Nature Reserve
  Located in Wenchuan County,AbaTibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture and covering 200000 herctares, the reserve was established in 1963 and upgraded to a national reserve in 1990. The reserve has abundant both botanical and animal resources with about 4000 plant species and 232 bird species and 3 subspecies belonging to 38 families under 13 orders .Wolong is the best place for pheasants such as Golden Pheasant, Temminic's Tragopan,Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Monal, Rosefinches, Laughingthrushes and parrotbills.
 
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Tangjiahe Nature Reserve
  Established in 1978 and upgraded to a national reserve in 1986, Tangjiahe Nature Reserve covers an area of 40000 herctares with main goal to protect Giant Panda and other rare animals. About  2422 plant species, and 204 bird species have been recorded, among them there are  87 Palaearctic species, 90 Oriental species and 27 wide spread species including Golden Eagle, Chinese Grouse, Chestnut-throated Partridge and Chinese Monal.


 
     
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Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve
  Located in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture northwest of Sichuan, the reserve was established in 1987 and upgraded national reserve in 1994. Covering 65074 hectares, the reserve aims to protect Giant Panda, Golden Snubnosed Monkey the habitats they depend on. According to statistics, there are 223 bird species have been recorded in the reserve of which 63 species are summer visitors, 14 species are winter birds, 128 species are residents and 18 species are passing migrant birds including the most famous one Rufous-headed Robin.
 
     
     
     

 

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