Hong Kong Bird Log

This page links to brief writeups on a selection of birds I’ve come across in Hong Kong to serve as a reference for visitors and bird enthusiasts, focusing in particular on the bird’s distribution, conservation status, and evolutionary history, when possible, and notable behavioral observations.

This will likely be a long-term project, and is by no means complete, nor is it meant to be comprehensive, but is rather a way to express and share a deeper appreciation for the birds I’ve chased around Hong Kong over the years.

Monarch flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Amur paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei)

Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Brown-chested jungle flycatcher (Cyornis brunneatus)

Crows, Jays, and Magpies (Corvidae)

Collared Crow (Corvus pectoralis)

Hawks, eagles, and kites (Accipitridae)

Crested goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)

Black kite (Milvus migrans lineatus)

Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Black-winged cuckooshrike (Lalage melaschistos)

Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Fire-breasted flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus)

Scarlet-backed flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)


White-bellied erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca)


Orange-bellied leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii)

Plovers and lapwings (Charadriidae)

Greater sand plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Lesser sand plover (Charadrius mongolus)

Little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius)

Sandpipers and Allies (Scolopacidae)

Gray-tailed tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus)
Common Greenshank (Tringa Nebularia)

Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Laridae)

Black-naped tern (Sterna sumatrana)
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)

Pittas (Pittidae)

Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha)