Showing posts with label Birding China Hainan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birding China Hainan. Show all posts

28 October 2007

Birding in Hainan Island, China

We were at Jianfengling, Hainan, from 17th to 24th October. It's quite a comfortable place for the casual birder, and they've got some good birds as well.

This is the place where, in 1963, Chinese ornithologists discovered that the Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Sitta solangae, occurred in China - it was known to occur in Vietnam already.



Robert Swinhoe shot a specimen of Orange-bellied Leafbird there in 1860. It had a blueish crown, hence the race lazulina



Hainan has many distinct races - some more distinct than others.....