Melody of Birds: Beautiful birds and fantastic flowers
Updated 13:33, 05-Mar-2019
CGTN

Spring is here.

It's getting warmer, and the flowers are starting to bloom. Everywhere is filled with the breath of spring.

In Yibin, a city located in southwest China's Sichuan province, many birds are flying through flowers enjoying springtime, which has attracted many lovers of nature photography, producing a series of pleasing photos featuring birds in nature.

The bird is the friend of humans and a barometer of local ecology. Followings are some lovely moments caught by photographers.

Maule's quince and a fork-tailed sunbird. /VCG Photo

Maule's quince and a fork-tailed sunbird. /VCG Photo

Maule's quince, also known as Chaenomeles japonica, is a commonly cultivated shrub. The flowers have different colors such as pink, red and white. 

The fork-tailed sunbird is a species of bird that is commonly found in China and Vietnam. They live in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. 

Maule's quince and a fork-tailed sunbird. /VCG Photo

Maule's quince and a fork-tailed sunbird. /VCG Photo

Maule's quince produces edible fruit called Kusa-boke. The fruit is sometimes used in jam and the plant is also commonly planted in bonsai. 

Chinese cherry blooms and a light-vented bulbul. /VCG Photo

Chinese cherry blooms and a light-vented bulbul. /VCG Photo

The Chinese cherry is a species of cherry native to China. It can grow to almost eight meters long and is planted worldwide as an ornamental plant.

The light-vented Bulbul is also called Chinese bulbul or white-vented bulbul and is commonly found in southern and central China. 

Chinese cherry blooms and a black-throated bushtit. /VCG Photo

Chinese cherry blooms and a black-throated bushtit. /VCG Photo

The black-throated bushtit (Aegithalos concinnus) is a very small bird that is around 10.5 cm long and weighs about 7g. The bird is very social and travels in large flocks. 

Chinese cherry blooms and two black-throated bushtits. /VCG Photo

Chinese cherry blooms and two black-throated bushtits. /VCG Photo

The black-throated bushtit can be found in many countries including China, India, Vietnam, and Nepal. They mainly feed on fruits, seeds, and small insects. 

Chinese cherry blooms and a Pallas' leaf warbler. /VCG photo

Chinese cherry blooms and a Pallas' leaf warbler. /VCG photo

The Pallas' leaf warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) is one of the smallest warblers on Earth. It is a migratory bird that breeds in Russia and northern Mongolia as well as China, and they mainly fly to southern China and Thailand during winter time. It is evaluated as of "Least Concern" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

There are more charming bird photos under the theme of "Melody of Birds" coming, stay tuned!

(Top image via VCG)

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