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Birding Tours in Kazakhstan

Individual birding tours

Some birdwatchers prefer to watch birds not in large group but individually. This way allows to pay attention to special species, and means apportunity to customise the itinerary. We offer the tours for 1-2 customers at the reasonable cost. Our customers are mostly middle-age (40-60 years) birdwatchers who prefer to take photos of birds.

If you nothing know about the birds of Kazakhstan, you can look to the current itineraries. In this case, of course it's better to look to our itineraries than other ones.

Also you can suggest the points of itinerary basing to special species or to habitats. Please look to main habitats and species of birds which you can watch in these habitats.

Highlands of Tien Shan (2500-3500 m). White-winged Grossbeak, Red-mantled Rosefinch, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Ibisbill, Himalayan Snowcock, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Himalayan Rubythroat, Hume's Warbler, Guldenstad's Redstart, Eversman's Redstart, Yellow-billed Chough, Red-billed Chough, Plain Mountain Finch, Altai Accentor, Brown Accentor, Black-throated Accentor. In winter time Solitary Snipe, Red-breasted Rosefinch, Brandt's Rosefinch are regularly observed too.


Spruce forest of Tien Shan. Nutcracker, Blue-capped Redstart, Coal Tit, Songar Tit, Eurasian Treecreeper, Greenish Warbler, Brown Dipper, Blue Whistling Thrush.

Dry low mountains. Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch, Grey-necked Bunting, Eastern Orphean Warbler, White-capped Bunting, Rock Bunting, Golden Eagle, Crag Martin, Pale Sand Martin, Common Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Desert Wheatear, Desert Warbler, Pallas's Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Turkestan Shrike, Horned Lark.

Taukum desert. Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Sand Plover, Calandra Lark, White-winged Lark, Bimaculated Lark, Desert Finch, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Steppe Grey Shrike, Turkestan Shrike, Crested Lark, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Azure Tit.

Turkestan Shrike

Asian Poplar forest in desert. White-winged Woodpecker, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Turkestan Tit, Saxaul Sparrow, Azure Tit, Indian Golden Oriole.

Sorbulak lakes. Dalmatian Pelican, White-headed Duck, White-tailed Sea-Eagle, Turkestan Shrike, Black-necked Grebe. Many Wadwers and Waterflows are observed in migration.

Steppe lakes in Korgalzhyn. Greater Flamingo, Sociable Lapwing, Black Lark, White-winged Lark, Black-winged Pratincole, Pallas's Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Red-footed Falcon, Calandra Lark.

Black Lark

Deciduous groves of Karatau. Asian Paradise Flycarcher, Striated Flycatcher (zarudnyi), Upcher's Warbler, Wood Pigeon (casiotis), Streptopelia orientalis, Indian Golden Oriole.

Juniper forest of Talas Alatau. Rufous-naped Tit, White-capped Bunting, Hume's Whitethroat, Blue-capped Redstart, Yellow-breasted Azure Tit, Eurasian Griffon, Lammergeier.

Asian Paradise Flycarcher

Please note that not all of birds are available year-around. Most of birds are seasonal migrants, and not available in winter. But some other species are available only in wintering. Please contact us (anarissabekova@birds.kz) to arrange the individual birding tour for you.

Conditions of tour:

program is free, depanded to season and wishes of customer
duration: 3-10 days (1-2-days tours are made by the One-day Tour program)
destination > 200 km (short-distance tours are made by the One-day Tour program)
season: year-around, excluding the time of base tours (May-June)
number of pax: 1-2
food is included
accommodation is included (guest houses/hotels/tents, depending the itinerary)
transfer from/to airport is included
two person are served the tour
about € 390 for two person per day.

Contact person. Anar Issabekova (anarissabekova@birds.kz)

rare birds records

White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

Rare record of White-winged Grosbeak in Altai. Previously observed at February 7 1978 and November 29 1981 (Berezovikov et al, 1992; Berezovikov, 1989). Sergei Starikov recognizes White-winged Grosbeak as resident of upper Bukhtarma river, in altitude 2200 m he observed territorial behavior of couple (Starikov, 2006).

Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

First winter record of Blue-capped Redstart in Kazakhstan. Normally it appears in mid-March, Closest spring record in birds.kz was at March 2nd (20 days gap).

Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla)

© Malik Nukusbekov
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

First photo record in Kyrgyz Alatau. First Great Rosefinch in upper of Merke gorge was recorded by Fedor Karpov at November 24, 1985 (adult male in juniper belt, KOB-2007, p. 268); in same gorge in altitude about 2400 m at June 03, 2003 one male was recorded in juniper bush by S.Annenkova and V.Ashby (KOB-2003, p.91).

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First record in Sorbulak, and generally in southern part of Kazakhstan. First winter record.

unidentified birds


Аскар Исабеков: красное пятно на бугорке клюва указывает на ББГЧ (исключает сизую), на маховых большое белое пятно есть только на крайнем, что указывает на [....]


Канатбек Кенжегулов: Спасибо Олег

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