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14. Black-faced Bunting

Ocyris spodocephalus

© Natalya Borovaya | 2017-06-27 | poselie Black Uba, VKO

Первая встреча за период более 80 лет. Известна только единичная встреча на зимовке в Зайсанской котловине (Залесские, 1931), Н.А. Зарудный залётных добывал 6 апреля 1912 и 25 октября 1913 близ Ташкента. Из основного списка орнитофауны этот вид был исключен в 2005 Э. И. Гавриловым (Gavrilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005) ввиду отсутствия встреч за длительный период.
Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan", Almaty, 2005.


13. Harlequin Duck

Histrionicus histrionicus

© Askar Isabekov | 2016-12-18 | Ust-Kamenogorsk. Strelka.

First reliable record of Harlequine Duck in Kazakhstan. There is only note of E.A.Eversmann (1866) about winter records in the lakes of southern steppes, but this record is too unclear. Near the borders of Kazakhstan recorded only at Nezhinka village near Orenburg where male duck was shot by N.A.Zarudny (1888). Both records related to the second half of XIX centure.


12. Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

© Anna Yasko | 2016-12-03 | Aktau, Mangystau

This is a new species for Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Ring-billed Gull inhabits in Northern America, but annually vagrant birds recorded in Western Europe and rarer observed in Central and Northern Europe. This is the first record of this bird in Caspian Sea coast. Probably the same bird was photographed in flock with Common Gulls (Larus canus) in the same place 7th of January and 5th of November 2015 (Yasko, www.birds.kz) but was identified only recently.


11. Naumann's Thrush

Turdus naumanni

© Ivan Bevza | 2016-11-05 | Almaty region

The first recors of Naumann's Thrush in Kazakhstan.


10. Vega (Mongolian) Gull

Larus (vegae) mongolicus

© Natali Kim | 2015-09-17 | VKO, Ust-Kamenogorsk

The second record of the Mongolian Gull in Kazakhstan. Previously juvenile bird was photographed 25th of October in Ust-Kamenogorsk (A.Feldman, www.birds.kz).


9. Lesser Flamingo

Phoeniconaias minor

© Steve Klasan | 2015-09-08 | NE Bay of Maly Tengiz

New species for Kazakhstan and second record for all former USSR area. Two adult birds were observed in the NE bay of Tengiz lake together with Greater Flamingo. 10 of September these birds were recoreded by R.Urazaliev too. The first record of Lesser Flamingo was at 3rd of Auguat 2007 in Limanskoe, Odesskaya oblast, Ukraine (Rednikov K.A.). The main breeding range of this species is located in eastern regions of Equatorial Africa in the salt lakes of Kenia and Tanzania. Also there are some colonies in the coast of Persian Gulf, and in Sambhar lake in Indian state Radjastan. The closest breeding spots are located at 3500 km to south from the record in Kazakhstan. It’s interesting that this species mostly feeds the Cyanobacteria and Diatom plants, unlike of breeding in Tengiz lake Greater Flamongo (Phoenicopterus roseus) which feeds mostly by Artemia salina.


8. Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator

© Anna Yasko | 2015-05-03 | Aktau

New species for Kazakhstan. Recorded bird is related to L.s.niloticus subspecies. Closest breeding spots are located in the south and west coast of Caspian Sea. Isolated populations found in Baku vicinity (40˚25΄N, Panov, 2008) and Dagestan (43˚00΄N, Bukreev, Dzhamirzoev), in the almost same latitude with Aktau (43˚40΄N). The closest record in the east coast of caspian Sea is record of couple in Turkmenistan, Kurendag mountains (Mischenko, Scherbak, 1980), about 400 to south from Aktau. This vagrant bird could indicate to the extending of breeding range, which probably present in the west coast of Caspian Sea.


7. Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

© Alexandr Katuncev | 2014-12-09 | Баутино-Форт-Шевченко

First reliable record of Herring Gull for Kazakhstan confirmed by photos, considering the new status of different forms of former subspecies of Larus argentatus sensu lato.


6. Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

© Vassiliy Fedorenko | 2014-09-07 | Small Sorbulak lakes, Almaty region

The first reliable record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. This species nests in tundra zone of Chukotka and Yakutia. Known only several records in the inside of continent: in spring migration of 1972 in Baikal lake (Durnev etc, 1996); 21-22 of September in vicinity of Sahyurte village, Maloe More (Pyzhyanov, 1989); 26 of September young male was shot in fish factory Filippovka, Kirovo-Chepetzky region, Kirovskaya oblast (Sotnikov, 2009); from 22 to 29 of September of 2011 juvenile bird was observed in taiga zone of NE Trans-Baikal area in Charskaya depression, in the edge of Chara village (Goroshko, 2014).


5. Blyth's Rosefinch

Carpodacus grandis kotschubeii

© Andrey Kovalenko | 2014-02-09 | South Kazakstan area. Zhabagly.

New species of fauna of Kazakhstan. First birds were shot in Zhabagly (Southern Kazakhstan) at January 12 2014 by E.Belousov. In same place at 8-9 of February A.Isabekov, A.Kovalenko and V.Fedorenko also photographed these birds. Previously known in localities of Uzbekistan bordered to Kazakhstan territory, nests in Ugam and Pskem ridges.


4. Japanese Waxwing

Bombycilla japonica

© Denis Afanasiev | 2013-01-03 | Almaty. Observatory.

Japanese Waxwing was caught by Denis Astafiev at January 3rd 2013 in the apple garden in foothills of Ile Alatau. New species for Kazakhstan.


3. White-capped Redstart

Chaimarrornis leucocephalus

© Gennadiy Dyakin | 2008-09-08 | Almarasan gorge, Ile Alatau National Park

The first observation in Kazakhstan. Gennady Dyakin observed one bird in the gorge Almarasan.


2. Indian Pond Heron

Ardeola grayii

© Andrey Kovalenko | 2009-07-16 | Sorbulak lake, Almaty oblast

The first record of Indian Pond Heron in Kazakhstan. Observed in Lake Sorbulak by Gennady Dyakin and Andrei Kovalenko.


1. Plumbeous Water Redstart

Rhyacornis fuliginosus

© Gabor Papp | 2011-06-09 | Ayagoz river, Aktogay vicinity, Ayagoz region, East Kazakhstan oblast

First record of Plumbeous Water Redstart for Kazakhstan, bird was observed by Gabor Papp at June 09, 2011 on the Ayagoz river, close to Aktogai station, East Kazakhstan Oblast.


Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (273)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (208)
3. Anna Yasko (166)
4. Sergei Shmygalev (164)
5. Alexandr Katuncev (163)
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rare birds records


Striated Scops-Owl (Otus brucei)

© Oleg Belyalov
2017-05-31
Almaty region

Первая встреча буланой совки в Национальном парке «Алтын-Эмель». Токование наблюдалось на кордоне Мынбулак. Рулевые одной из птиц были заметно согнуты и рассучены, что указывает на пребывание птицы в дупле. Хоть гнездо и не было найдено, данные наблюдения указывают на гнездование. Самой восточной на сегодняшний день была встреча 24 мая 2002 г. в пойме р. Или у окончания хребта Малай-Сары, где отмечены голоса пары (Гаврилов, 2002). Данная находка отстоит ещё на 150 км восточнее.


Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-06-05
VKO Kurchum

The first photo on birds.kz site.


Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

© Konstantin Andrussenko
2017-04-01
Ust-Kamenogorsk

The second record of Harlequin Duck during the winter-spring period of 2017 on the Irtysh River.


White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Sergey Domashevsky
2017-05-20
Betpakdala desert. Southern Kazakhstan.

For the first time a vagrant bird was recorded in Betpakdala and in general a rare record for Kazakhstan.

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2017-06-24. Black-headed Gull (Yuriy Malkov).

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