Hainan’s beautiful tropical bird life

Anas querquedula

Hainan’s unique ecology:

Hainan is home to an estimated 4,200 species of plants, more than 300 species of birds, 104 different kinds of reptiles, almost 100 species of mammals and 37 different kinds of amphibians, many of which are unique to China and some are found only on Hainan.

Elanus Caeruleus

Hainan is a nature lover’s paradise

With 68 nature reserves on the island safeguarding nearly fifty species of plants and one hundred and two different kinds of wildlife classified as under state special protection, Hainan is a nature lover’s paradise.

Platalea minor & Ardea cinerea

The Black-faced spoonbill

The Black-faced spoonbill is one such endangered species with an estimated population of about only 2,700 birds left in the wild. It was once a common bird in eastern Asia but with a dwindling population sightings in Hainan are now quite rare, this is the first time it has been spotted here in nearly seven years. They are photographed here with a pair of grey Herrons.

Ye Xiang

Ye Xiang

Ye Xiang is local Hainanese and one of the most prominent bird photographers in Hainan, and he has very graciously allowed us to publish some of his work showcasing some of Hainan’s beautiful and varied tropical bird life.

 

Sooty headed Bulbul
Sooty headed Bulbul
Saxicola torquata
Saxicola torquata
Platalea minor & Ardea cinerea
Platalea minor & Ardea cinerea
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Motacilla flava
Motacilla flava
Grey backed Starling
Grey backed Starling
Elanus Caeruleus
Elanus Caeruleus
Copsychus saularis
Copsychus saularis
Copsychus saularis 2
Copsychus saularis
Butorides striatus
Butorides striatus
Tropical birds Hainan
Tropical birds Hainan
azure winged magpie
azure winged magpie
Anas querquedula
Anas querquedula
Acridotheres-Cristatellus-2
Acridotheres Cristatellus
Acridotheres-Cristatellus
Acridotheres-Cristatellus

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