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Tacheng, China (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Tacheng, China

Map of Tacheng, China

Black Snub-nosed Monkey (Pygathrix beiti) White-collared Yuhina (Yuhina diademata) Black-headed Sibia (Heterophasia desgodinsi) Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous) Stripe-throated Yuhina (Yuhina gularis) Black Snub-nosed Monkey (Pygathrix beiti)
Black Snub-nosed Monkey (Pygathrix beiti)

An area of forest where the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey can be found.


Around The World in 66 Days

1/5/2013: After all the trouble with the flight, we were pleased to find the driver from the hotel waiting for us at the airport. We drove for a few hours along some very twisty roads on the way to the hotel near the monkey sanctuary. The rice terraces and villages along the way were impossibly located on some very steep cliffs.

The next morning, we headed out early to try and see the monkeys. China only has one time zone, so it was surprising to see that the sunrise took place at 8:00 in the morning. The temperatures were freezing, and on the way to see the monkeys, it started to snow.

After some worry about whether or not we would even see the monkeys, we were surprised to find out that there was a feeding station. This was a bit of a letdown as I prefer the challenge of seeing the wild animals, but it was interesting to see the monkeys in person, and they were still certainly wild. The Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey is the highest altitude primate in the world.

Later in the day, we hiked up part of the mountain next to our hotel. There were some Naxi women carrying huge bundles of sticks on the mountain. Their backs were hunched over from years of doing this work. We finally reached a nice forested area, but the path was too steep to continue far into the forest.

Previous Visit (Diqing: 1/4/2013)
Next Visit (Lijiang - Black Dragon Pool: 1/7/2013)

Species Recorded (31)

Birds ( 29 )

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Tickell's Leaf-Warbler - Phylloscopus affinis

Old World Flycatchers and Chats ( Muscicapidae )
Siberian Stonechat - Saxicola maurus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Himalayan Buzzard - Buteo refectus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Lady Amherst's Pheasant - Chrysolophus amherstiae

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Eurasian Crag-Martin - Ptyonoprogne rupestris

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Brown-breasted Bulbul - Pycnonotus xanthorrhous

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Oriental Magpie - Pica serica

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus

Nuthatches ( Sittidae )
Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta europaea

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Eurasian Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Black-faced Warbler - Abroscopus schisticeps
Gray-hooded Fulvetta - Fulvetta cinereiceps
Red-faced Liocichla - Liocichla phoenicea
White-collared Yuhina - Parayuhina diademata
Rusty-capped Fulvetta - Schoeniparus dubius
Stripe-throated Yuhina - Yuhina gularis

Laughingthrushes ( Timaliidae )
Black-headed Sibia - Heterophasia desgodinsi

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Blue-fronted Redstart - Phoenicurus frontalis
Plumbeous Redstart - Phoenicurus fuliginosus
White-Capped Redstart - Phoenicurus leucocephalus

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Gray-backed Shrike - Lanius tephronotus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Red-billed Starling - Spodiopsar sericeus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Little Bunting - Emberiza pusilla

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Scaly-breasted Munia - Lonchura punctulata
Russet Sparrow - Passer cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus




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