Day 1: Arrival in Fuzhou, China.
Upon arrival at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, you will be met by your AlpineBirding bird guide or driver, then get transferred to the hotel. For early arrivals, we can visit a local birding site to do a relaxing birding. We will meet the whole crew at dinner when we get a chance to discuss our stirring pheasant tour.
Day 2: Fuzhou National Forest Park & surrounds.
Built in 1960, Fuzhou National Forest Park covers 860 hectares and is rated as one of the top ten forest parks in China. This extensive natural area features more than 2,500 kinds of rare and precious trees from 36 countries that have been introduced and planted inside the park. Inside the park, there are many gardens for certain groups of precious trees species.
The nice eco-environment makes the park an ideal habitat for some endemic and special pheasant species including the endemic White-necklaced Partridge, also Chinese Bamboo Partridge and the elegant Silver Pheasant. Besides, we will spend the daytime looking for other sought-after species such as the elusive Spotted Elachura, and Mountain Hawk Eagle, Greater Coucal, Red-headed Trogon, Rufous Woodpecker, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Scarlet Minivet, Large Woodshrike, Common Tailorbird, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Chestnut Bulbul, Yellow-browed Warbler, Pallas's Warbler, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Tristram's Bunting, etc.
Day 3: Fuzhou to Emeifeng.
We can spend some time in the forest park before transferring to Emeifeng. Upon arrival, we can spend some time searching for small forest species before sunset, then we will bring our focus back to pheasants.
Day 4-5: Emeifeng National Nature Reserve.
Belonging to Wuyi Mountain Range, Emeifeng features a notable vertical zonality of different flora species. The well-protected ecosystem provides an excellent habitat for a great variety of birds. It is renowned for being the best place to look for game birds, including some rare and endemic pheasants in Southeast China. To make the best use of our time, we will cover ground in our vehicle transport in the morning to look for Cabot's Tragopan, Elliot's Pheasant, White-necklaced Partridge, Silver Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, Chinese Bamboo Partridge.
When not patrolling the area for game birds, we will focus on the search for some other forest species including Large Hawk Cuckoo, Black Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Collared Owlet, Great Barbet, Speckled Piculet, Bay Woodpecker, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blyth's Shrike Babbler, White-bellied Erpornis, Grey Treepie, Sultan Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Brown Bush Warbler, Pygmy Cupwing, Chestnut Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Buff-throated Warbler, White-spectacled Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Hartert's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Indochinese Yuhina, Black-chinned Yuhina, Rufous-capped Babbler, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Spotted Elachura, Spotted Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, and the Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush.
Day 6: Emeifeng to Dongzhai.
Today is relatively long considering the transportation but with good rewards as we will transfer to Dongzhai, another amazing birding site that proved to be the most reliable place to see the mind-blowing Reeves's Pheasant. After arrival at our well-suited guesthouse in Dongzhai, we will go birding around if time permits.
Day 7: Dongzhai National Nature Reserve.
Dongzhai is located on the north side of Dabie Mountain and is in the transition zone between the middle and low mountains to the east plain. The rich and various forest resources here are home to many endemic and unique species found in the central region of China. We will spend the full day here enjoying the gorgeous endemic Reeves's Pheasant and the endangered Crested Ibis.
During our exploration, we can also encounter other specials including Fairy Pitta, Black Baza, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Crested Goshawk, Oriental Scops Owl, Rufous Turtle Dove, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Asian Koel, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Grey Nightjar, Black-capped Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Speckled Piculet, Grey-capped Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Brown-rumped Minivet, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Eurasian Jay, Collared Crow, Brown-breasted Bulbul, Rufous-faced Warbler, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Silver-throated Tit, Black-throated Tit, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Masked Laughingthrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, White-crowned Forktail, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Russet Sparrow, Forest Wagtail, etc.
Day 8: Dongzhai to Xinyang, then fly to Chengdu.
We will spend one more morning here to ensure we encounter our targets. In the afternoon, we will drive to Xinyang to catch our internal flight to Chengdu for our main tour, the "Ultimate China Pheasant Tour".