The bird fauna of Lung Fu Shan and the University of Hong Kong (pdf)
Hung Tun Hei, Sung Yik Hei, Fu Wing Kan, Yuen Pui Yu
Life Science 2004-2007
Fu Shan Country Park is the latest designated Country Park in Hong Kong
and is situated right behind our university. Lung Fu Shan is almost entirely
covered by secondary forest and exotic tree plantation (AFCD, 2006). Whilst
many fellow students visited this area while bird watching for the course
‘Ecology of Hong Kong’ last year, we are some of the ENS students who
are particularly keen on bird watching and have returned to Lung Fu Shan
regularly in our spare time. In the past year, we found that Lung Fu Shan
is indeed a bird paradise. Over the last winter, we recorded rare and
uncommon species such as Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki),
Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina metaschistos), Asian Stubtail
Warbler (Urosphena squameiceps) and Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
(Pomatorhinus rufucollis). On 14 February 2006, Allen To discovered
the rare Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus) along the little
path right next to the University Drive. Since then, this little path
and the surrounding area have become our favourite birding sites with
more than 7 thrush species seen. On 23 March 2006, Fu and Sung recorded
a rare Ferruginous Flycatcher (Muscicapa ferruginea), the first
record at Lung Fu Shan (Fig. 1). Furthermore, Hung, Fu and Chloe Ng saw
a Grey-crowned Warbler (Seicercus tephrocaphalus) at Lung Fu Shan
on 31 March 2006. If this record is accepted by the Hong Kong Bird Watching
Society, it will be the second record of this species in Hong Kong.
addition to the bird records we have made since last year, we have reviewed
the literature and compiled a bird list of Lung Fu Shan and HKU (Table
1). A total of 90 species have been recorded so far. These include some
locally rare and uncommon species such as the Blacked-winged Cuckoo-shrike,
Eurasian Hooby, Grey Treepie, Plumbeous Redstart, Ferruginous Flycatcher
and Brown-headed Thrush (Fig. 2). According to AFCD (2006) there are more
than 150 bird species in Lung Fu Shan, although there was no detailed
species list in the AFCD report. Useful references are Lock (2000) and
So (1996, 2000).
Ferruginous Flycatcher (Photo: Billy Hau)
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Brown-headed Thrush (Photo: Allen To)
1. Birds recorded at Lung Fu Shan. Unless specified, the records were
made by the authors and other Environmental Life Science students. The
status column refers to the status of the species in Hong Kong according
to Viney et al. (2006).