Latest Wildlife News in Beijing

This page is updated regularly with any significant wildlife news from Beijing Municipality.

If you have any sightings to report, please use the contact form below and include species, location, date/time and observer details.  Many thanks.

The latest Beijing sightings on eBird can be found here. The latest sightings on birdreport.cn can be found here (search for Beijing).  Historical wildlife news can be found here. A basic summary of the Status of the Birds of Beijing can be found here.

If you are interested in organised bird walks, a local group in Beijing called the Friends of Nature arranges walks in nine of Beijing’s parks.  Information can be found via their WeChat account – search for “fonbird”.

If you find a sick or injured bird or animal that requires specialist care, please call the Wildlife Rescue Centre on +86 (10) 89496118 or, for birds of prey, the Raptor Rescue Centre on +86 (10) 62205666.

If you find illegal mist-nets or witness any illegal activity involving wild birds or animals in Beijing, please take photographs and note the location, then call the State Forestry Police. For the numbers, see below, arranged by district.

 

 

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27 January 2022

The CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng and the (male) GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng still at Beihai Park (阿兹猫)

26 January 2022

The WESTERN WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus 西方秧鸡 Xī fāng yāng jī still at Shahe Reservoir (lool)

24 January 2022

The WESTERN WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus 西方秧鸡 Xī fāng yāng jī still at Shahe Reservoir (妄飞)

The CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng and the (male) GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng still at Beihai Park (janeliubj)

23 January 2022

The WESTERN WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus 西方秧鸡 Xī fāng yāng jī still at Shahe Reservoir (vian.wj)

The PALE THRUSH Turdus pallidus 白腹鸫 Bái fù dōng still in the Olympic Forest Park (果茶2020)

2 PALLAS’S GULL Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 渔鸥 Yú ōu still at 潞城药艺公园 (Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán), Tongzhou (bcbcbc)

22 January 2022

The CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng and the (male) GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng still at Beihai Park (Hu Wenxin)

2 PALLAS’S GULL Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 渔鸥 Yú ōu still at 潞城药艺公园 (Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán), Tongzhou (一缕清风)

20 January 2022

2 PALLAS’S GULL Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 渔鸥 Yú ōu, 潞城药艺公园 (Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán), Tongzhou (麦克曹)

17 January 2022

The CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng and the (male) GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng still at Beihai Park (Terry Townshend)

16 January 2022

The female WHITE-THROATED REDSTART Phoenicurus schisticeps 白喉红尾鸲 Bái hóu hóng wěi qú, still at Lingshan (Oriental Stork) with two reported there by “HAUSYS”.

The (SIBERIAN) CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita tristis 叽喳柳莺 Jī chā liǔ yīng reported again from the Botanical Garden (bcbcbc) 

The WESTERN WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus 西方秧鸡 Xī fāng yāng jī still at Shahe Reservoir (Allen Sun)

The CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng still at Beihai Park (Tian Li) and the GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng also reported from the same site (艾丹的自然笔记)

14 January 2022

1 BROWN-EARED BULBUL Microscelis amaurotis 栗耳短脚鹎 Lì ěr duǎn jiǎo bēi, Yuyuantan Park (仙颏)

1 (SIBERIAN) CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita tristis 叽喳柳莺 Jī chā liǔ yīng reported from the Botanical Garden (pinky)

1 GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng and 1 CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng still at Beihai Park (华少 et al.)

13 January 2022

1 GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng and 1 CHINESE THRUSH Turdus mupinensis 宝兴歌鸫 Bǎo xìng gē dōng, Beihai Park (华少 et al.)

12 January 2022

3 BARN SWALLOW Hirundo rustica 家燕 Jiāyàn and a 2cy CHINESE POND HERON Ardeola bacchus 池鹭 Chí lù, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend, Lu Zhi et al.).   

1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Anser albifrons 白额雁 Bái é yàn still at Shahe Reservoir (大牙齿 458)

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator 红胸秋沙鸭 Hóng xiōng qiū shā yā still at Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán, Tongzhou (华少)

1 EURASIAN CHAFFINCH Fringilla coelebs 苍头燕雀 Cāng tóu yànquè, Miyun Reservoir (安妮202202)

10 January 2022

3 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE Haliaeetus albicilla 白尾海雕 Bái wěi hǎi diāo, Ming Tombs Reservoir (悟空天下)

2 COMMON ROSEFINCH Carpodacus erythrinus 普通朱雀 Pǔtōng zhūquè, Botanical Gardens (patria)

9 January 2022

1 GREY-BACKED THRUSH Turdus hortulorum 灰背鸫 Huī bèi dōng, Summer Palace (taizhoudragon)

1 PALE THRUSH Turdus pallidus 白腹鸫 Bái fù dōng, Temple of Heaven Park (Yanning et al.)

8 January 2022

The WESTERN WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus 西方秧鸡 Xī fāng yāng jī still at Shahe Reservoir (AO Wang et al.)

7 January 2022

1 WESTERN WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus 西方秧鸡 Xī fāng yāng jī, Shahe Reservoir (Jun Shuai)

1 PALE THRUSH Turdus pallidus 白腹鸫 Bái fù dōng, Olympic Forest Park (Ge Mengshui)

1 EURASIAN CHAFFINCH Fringilla coelebs 苍头燕雀 Cāng tóu yànquè, Botanical Gardens (pinky)

1 RUFOUS-BELLIED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos hyperythrus 棕腹啄木鸟 Zōng fù zhuómùniǎo, Taiyanggong Park (北岸望云)

6 January 2022

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator 红胸秋沙鸭 Hóng xiōng qiū shā yā still at Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán, Tongzhou (madc952)

5 January 2022

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator 红胸秋沙鸭 Hóng xiōng qiū shā yā still at Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán, Tongzhou (毛毛淘淘)

The female WHITE-THROATED REDSTART Phoenicurus schisticeps 白喉红尾鸲 Bái hóu hóng wěi qú, still at Lingshan (Glen et al.)

4 January 2022

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator 红胸秋沙鸭 Hóng xiōng qiū shā yā, Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán, Tongzhou (qjxgbird)

3 January 2022

The female WHITE-THROATED REDSTART Phoenicurus schisticeps 白喉红尾鸲 Bái hóu hóng wěi qú, still at Lingshan (amal amer, Cinclus cinclus et al.).  Also WHITE-BACKED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos leucotos 白背啄木鸟 Bái bèi zhuómùniǎo there.

3 BROWN-CHEEKED RAIL Rallus indicus 普通秧鸡 Pǔ tōng yāng jī, Huaisha River (Xing Jiahua and Raven X)

1 first-winter male BAER’S POCHARD Aythya baeri 青头潜鸭 Qīng tóu qián yā or Baer’s Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend).

1 MUTE SWAN Cygnus olor 疣鼻天鹅 Yóu bí tiān’é, Yuanmingyuan (小 太平)

4 RED CROSSBILL Loxia curvirostra 红交嘴雀 Hóng jiāo zuǐ què, Botanical Gardens (我是阿波罗)

2 January 2022

The female WHITE-THROATED REDSTART Phoenicurus schisticeps 白喉红尾鸲 Bái hóu hóng wěi qú, still at Lingshan (Zhen Niu)

1 PALE THRUSH Turdus pallidus 白腹鸫 Bái fù dōng, Olympic Forest Park (MartinDYC)

1 BLACK-WINGED KITE Elanus caeruleus 黑翅鸢 Hēi chì yuān, Chaoyang Park (Stefan Andrew)

1 BLACK-WINGED KITE Elanus caeruleus 黑翅鸢 Hēi chì yuān, Yongding River, Daxing (Oriental Stork)

1 WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN Amaurornis phoenicurus 白胸苦恶鸟 Bái xiōng kǔ è niǎo, Siduhe, Huairou (北京大蜜蜂)

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator 红胸秋沙鸭 Hóng xiōng qiū shā yā, Lù chéng yào yì gōngyuán, Tongzhou (动动帅)

***1 SIBERIAN CRANE Grus leucogeranus 白鹤 Bái hè and 2 RED-CROWNED CRANE Grus japonensis 丹顶鹤 Dān dǐng hè reported from Yeyahu (孙灵烋).  Note there is some doubt about this record.***

1 January 2022

1 (female) WHITE-THROATED REDSTART Phoenicurus schisticeps 白喉红尾鸲 Bái hóu hóng wěi qú, Lingshan (Lou Fangzhou).  Only the fourth record for Beijing.

1 SCALY-SIDED MERGANSER Mergus squamatus 中华秋沙鸭 Zhōng huá qiū shā yāYuanmingyuan (岳小鸮)

71 WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus 大天鹅 Dà tiān’é, 2 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE Haliaeetus albicilla 白尾海雕 Bái wěi hǎi diāo, 1 GREAT BITTERN Botaurus stellaris 大麻鳽 Dà má jiān and 3 MONGOLIAN GULL Larus mongolicus 蒙古银鸥 Ménggǔ yín ōu, Huairou Reservoir (天书)

1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Anser albifrons 白额雁 Bái é yàn and 1 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD Buteo lagopus 毛脚鵟 Máo jiǎo kuáng, Shahe Reservoir (Stefan Andrew)

1 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE Haliaeetus albicilla 白尾海雕 Bái wěi hǎi diāo, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Hang Ye)

2 EURASIAN CHAFFINCH Fringilla coelebs 苍头燕雀 Cāng tóu yànquè, Location
中国科学院大学 /University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shuai Zhang et al.)

 

For historical wildlife news from Beijing, click here.