Wednesday 18 October 2023

Collared Finchbill

Collared Finchbill (Spizixos semitorques, 领雀嘴鹎).

On the weekend, we ascended Hengshan (衡山) to the shrine on Zhurong Peak, which features a large furnace for incense which worshippers carry up in great qualities; its smoke can be seen clearly from several miles distance. There were many interesting temples, plants and insects to observe on the mountain, and one grass lizard and a stripped squirrel. But aside from a few stray bulbuls, there were not many birds visible on the pilgrims' trails. Near our lodgings however, at the base of the mountain, collared finchbills could be heard both day and night. They are a common in central and southeast China, especially in the woodland hills, and are rather fetching forest creatures.

Collared Finchbill on Hengshan