rare birds records
Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)
© Vladimir Vorobyov
The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
© Alexandr Katuncev
New species for Sorbulak system.
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)
© Gennadiy Dyakin
Aktau, Mangistau region
Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsula. Previously the following records are known: June 1-2 1888 in area of Sherkala mountain and Akmysh well, May 06, 1947 in vicinity of Fort-Shevchenko, May 07, 1964 in Danga, May 17, 2009 near Kaundy depression, and May 09, 2017 in the square of Aktau city.
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)
© Malik Nukusbekov
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.
The new species for Moinkum desert. The known breeding range of Finsch's Wheatear in Kazakhstan covers Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Kyzylkum desert. The records in area eastward of Syrdaria river were not known. In May of 2017, Sergey Domashevski recorded adults and huveniles in Togyzkentau, NW of Moinkum desert. This record indicate to expantion of breeding range in eastern direction.
Pale Rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)
© Alexandr Belyaev
Mangistauskaja obl., vpadina Karagie
New species for Kazakhstan. The closest breeding spots are located in Turkmenistan, at a distance about 600 km (Stepanyan, 2003). Also recorded in areas near southern cliff of Ustyurt (Mischenko, Scherbak, 1980; Bukreev, 1997), 400 km in south of this record. In the western coast of Caspian Sea Pale Rock-Finch lives in NE Dagestan (400 km in west direction, behind the sea). It should also be noted that Sergei Bukreev (2000) found birds with territotial behavior in Baskunchak lake (48˚N) near Kazakhstan-Russia border; this record is much more north than Caucasus and Mangyshlak (43˚-44˚N), about 600 km to NW.