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In southwest Guangxi, beautiful birds await you among the karst landscape.

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The karst region in China is the largest in the world — in southwest China the karst zone is 540,000 square kilometers. (With the karst areas in southeast China and central China, the karst area in China is larger than the whole area of France.)

The vegetation in the karst area is dependent on the soil that is deposited on the karst mountains, being different to a large forest, small forest, open forest, bush, or even grass. Different types of forests are classified depending on the climatic zone; for example, a karst seasonal forest, a karst evergreen forest, and so on.

Karst is very sensitive and is destroyed by both natural means and human interference. Landslides can occur, leaving only grass on it so that the mountains are as barren as the Gobi.

Bird Species of Southwest China’s Karst

The distribution of bird species in the karst area has lots to do with the types and structure of the vegetation. Different species of birds can only be observed in their appropriate habitat — typical shorebirds do not play in bushes, and there are no bush birds by the lakes.

The karst areas are spread quite widely across China and the best places for bird-watching are concentrated in southwest Guangxi and southeast Yunnan. They are located in the zone that is south of the Tropic of Cancer, which has the best variety of bird species and is a great challenge for more experienced bird-watchers.

The second best zone, as they say, is the area below 27° north, where there are also many special birds.

Southwest Guangxi and southeast Yunnan are south of the Tropic of Cancer. They are located in the northern tropical region of China, and also lie on the border between the Indo-Chinese peninsula and the continent of Asia, playing a major role as a passageway for animals. For this reason, some special animals can only be found in this special zone. It's like a miracle or a gift from heaven.

In southwestern Guangxi and southeast Yunnan, many species of birds can be seen much more often than in other areas. For example:

大草莺, Chinese Grass-babbler (Graminicola striatus)

纹胸巨鹛, pin-striped tit-babbler (Macronous gularis)

冕雀, sultan tit (Melanochlora sultanea)

长尾阔嘴鸟, long-tailed broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae)

褐背鹟鵙, bar-winged flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus)

黑冠黄鹎, black-crested bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris)

绿嘴地鹃, green-billed malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis)

白眉棕啄木鸟, white-browed piculet (Sasia ochracea)

白翅蓝鹊, white-winged magpie (Urocissa whiteheadi)

鸦嘴卷尾, crow-billed drongo (Dicrurus annectans)

古铜色卷尾, bronzed drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)

灰燕鵙, ashy woodswallow (Artamus fuscus)

白腰鹊鸲, white-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

棕胸雅鹛, buff-breasted babbler (Pellorneum tickelli)

黄喉穗鹛, buff-chested babbler (Stachyridopsis ambigua)

金头穗鹛, golden babbler (Stachyridopsis chrysaea)

斑颈穗鹛, spot-necked babbler (Stachyris strialata)

黑头穗鹛, grey-throated babbler (Stachyris nigriceps)

金眼鹛雀, yellow-eyed babbler (Chrysomma sinense)

黑喉缝叶莺, dark-necked tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)

白喉林鹟, brown-chested jungle flycatcher (Cyornis brunneatus)

白腹幽鹛, spot-throated babbler (Pellorneum albiventre)

红尾噪鹛, red-tailed laughingthrush (Trochalopteron milnei)

白眶鹟莺, white-spectacled warbler (Seicercus affinis)

宽嘴鹟莺, broad-billed warbler (Tickellia hodgsoni)

黄腹鹟莺, yellow-bellied warbler (Abroscopus superciliaris)

黑冠鳽, Malayan night heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)

金喉拟啄木鸟, golden-throated barbet (Psilopogon franklinii)

褐胸山鹧鸪, bar-backed partridge (Arborophila brunneopectus)

红翅绿鸠, white-bellied green pigeon (Treron sieboldii)

小盘尾, lesser racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus remifer)

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