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found 21 new species for Kazakhstan


rare birds records

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Spotted Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi)

© Yevgeny Belousov

South Kazakhstan, Dzhabagly village.

Rare resident occurring at long intervals. The first record at December 15, 1938 (Kovshar, 1966). Next winter observations was in 1970/71 and 1971/1972 years. (Gubin, 1989). Later observed in 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003. (Chalikova, 2004; Kolbintsev, 2004). The last records was at March 7 and 16, 2011 - (E.S. Chalikova, unpublished information).

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

© Alexey Timoshenko


The 6th record in Kazakhstan.

Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)

© Madina Dyussebayeva

Almaty city

The 10th record of Red-throated Thrush in Almaty oblast and the 4th in 2013. This year Red-throated Thrush was observed at January 19 (Dyakin G., Isabekov A., Kovalenko A., www.birds.kz) , at February 17 (Isabekov A., Fedorenko V., www.birds.kz) and at February 23 (Fedorenko, V., www.birds.kz). Earlier the six records (Nikolsky, 1887, Shnitnikov, 1949, Gavrilov, 1970) and several unpublished records were known.

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

© Ivan Zuban


The fifth record of White-winged Crossbill in Kazakhstan, but the first record confirmed by the photos. Previous records: in 20s of November 1971 near Semipalatinsk (Kovshar A.F., 1974); at August 19, 1999 on the lake Sultankeldy (Heinicke, 2006); at August 30, 2002 at the lake Shangin (Belyalov O.V., 2002); at January 27, 2008 in the upper river Tautekeli (Starikov S.V., 2009).

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Askar Isabekov

Almaty. Republic Square.

The first winter record in Kazakhstan. Breeds only on Lineisky and Ivanovsky ridges of Altai (Scherbakov, 2002). In all the rest territory only six autumn records are known: in 1920 near Kustanai (Geptner, 1925); in 1925 near Semipalatinsk (Selevin, 1930); in 1960 at Kurgaldzhino (Krivitsky et al, 1985); in 2011 at Aktobe steppes (Timoshenko, 2012) and near Sorbulak (V.Fedorenko, www.birds.kz); in 2012 at Betpak-Dala (A.Vilyaev, www.birds.kz).

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Oleg Belyalov


Only few winter observations are known for South-Eastern Kazakhstan (Gavrilov, 1999). The third winter record in Sorbulak vicinity, the previous two were at December 09, 2000 and February 20, 2011 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

VKO Katon-Karagay

Very interesting record. The nearest nesting sites were on Zaysan lake and Black Irtysh river, but the reality of nesting in recent years is unknown. (Starikov, 2002; Gistsov, 2012). Spoonbill is rare bird of fauna of Kazakhstan. Despite the widespread breeding, its total number is least than 1000 pairs.

Pander's Ground-Jay (Podoces panderi panderi)

© Alexey Timoshenko

UKO, Kyzylkum

Lives in the distant parts of the Kyzlkum desert and rare recorded by researchers. The subspecies transcaspius (Zarudny Kudashev, 1916) was described from this area, but later combined to P. p. panderi.

Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum)

© Askar Isabekov

Almaty, Republic Square.

The latest date record in Kazakhstan. In prior only some records were known in the south of the country, but all of them belonged to the end of October (Kovshar, 1966; Gavrilov, Gistsov, 1985). That the latest date record was the observation by Severtsov N.A. at October 26 in Shymkent, but it was about 150 years ago.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

© Fedor Sarayev

Mangystau oblast. Buzachi.

The first record from the western part of Kazakhstan was confirmed by the photos.

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Svetlana Aleinikova


The first record on the Ustyurt plateau. The closest recording sites are on the Peninsula Mangishlak, where it was observed by only three ornithologist - Dolgushin I.A. (10 May 1947), Korelov M.N. (8-16 September 1964) and Kovshar A.F. (17 May 1990).

Siberian Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

Almaty area. Sorbulak lake.

The first photo was taken from the territory of Kazakhstan. On Sorbulak alone birds were seen at December 25, 2004; March 7, 2005 and October 9, 2011 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012), but none of them has been confirmed by photography.

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

© Andrey Kovalenko

Almaty area. Sorbulak lake.

Photographed for the first time in South-Eastern Kazakhstan. On Sorbulak previously not observed. In the region there are only old records: November's observation near Dzharkent in 1899 (Zarudny, Koreev, 1905); record at 20-21 April 1907 in the meadows near Otar; the river Chu at October 1, 1915; and at river Lepsy (Shnitnikov, 1949). Of course the rarity of observations because the Meadow Pipit does not stand out in the mass of other Pipits passing through Kazakhstan.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

© Viktor Kolesnikov


A rare encounter and the first photo of this species on the site. Over the past few years, known several meetings of Yellow-browed Warbler in Kazakhstan: 13.09.2001 and 27.09.2002 ensnared by st. Chokpak, Jambul region (Kovalenko A.V. and others), and several times was fixed at Kanshengel village, Almaty region. - 14,18.05.2002 and 26.05.2003 (Kovshar A.F.) and 19-20.05.2002 (Kovshar V.A.) noted twice in western Kazakhstan 17-18.10.2002 and 29.04.2005 in the Fetisovo village, Mangystau region. (Gubin B.M.).

Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Yevgeny Belousov

South Kazakhstan, Dzhabagly v.

One of the rarest birds of the fauna of Kazakhstan. It’s 12th record of this species. Previous records: 1. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at October 7-23, 1960, one bird obtained at October 7th (Kovshar, 1966); 2. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at October 3-17, 1960, one bird obtained at October 3th (Kovshar, 1966); 3. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at November of 1970 (Gubin, 1989); 4. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at November of 1971 (Gubin, 1989); 5. Observed in Ust-Kamenogorsk at October 31, 1981 (Starikov, Tsikh, 1990); 6. Caught in lower Sarysu at September 27, 1986 (Khrokov ect,1991); 7. Observed in Kapchagai city vicinity at May 22, 1990 (Kovalenko, 2002); 8. Caught in Kurgalzhini reserve at September 18, 1999 (Koshkin, 2002); 9. Caught in Chokpak at October 21, 2001 (Gavtilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005); 10. Caught in Chokpak at October 24, 2002 (Gavtilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005); 11. Observed in Aksu-Zhabagly reserve at April 13, 2004 (Chalikova, 2005).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

Almaty area. Balkhash lake.

Pygmy cormorant was photographed for the first time on lake Balkhash. Previously it was recorded in Ile river delta on october 21, 2007 (Panov, 2008). There are records from Sorbulak lake on May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April, 11, 1999 - 2 birds (Grachev, 2002). Winters on river Chu close to Kurday pass (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009).

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucura)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Almaty region, Sorbulak lake

The first meeting on the Sorbulak lake. Two birds were observed on the west side of the lake near the dam. Nearest famous meeting occurred in the lower reaches of the Ili river on June 24 (I.A. Dolgushin, 1962) and in Karachengil hunting farm on July 21 and 23 2006 (I.A. Bevza, 2007).

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Alexey Timoshenko

Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast

This is the first photographic record of this species in Kazakhstan on this website. Dunnock was recorded in Kustanay oblast previously only several times. N.M. Smetana (1974) E.A and T.M. Bragin (2002). The breeding range in Western Siberia (per Ryabitsev 2008) comes very closely to Kazakhstan border - in the forested areas close to Ural mountains. Also recorded on migration along Ural river near the Caspian and the Mangyshlak peninsula (Gavrilov, 1999).

Sociable Lapwing (Chettusia gregaria)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Almaty region, Sorbulak

This is the first record of the sociable lapwing in the Sorbulak lake system over more than 50-years of ornithological observations in this area. There are irregular records close to this location. On river Kaskelen (by Shnitnikov, 1949), Itzhon plateau, right-side bank of Ile river (Dolgushin, 1962) and at the edge of the Taukun desert in Kanshengel (Berezovikov et al., 1999). Two broods have been recorded in Kanshengel on June 21, 2003 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2004).

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

East Kazakhstan, Yazevoye lake

This is the first photographic record at lake Yazevoye (Listvaga mountain range). In July 2006 two broods each of brown and red-backed shrikes (Chelyshev, Nagibina, 2007). In Kazakhstan brown shrike has also been noted for Western Altay (Kuzmina, 1948; Sherbakov 1986) and Markakol Lake Depression (Berezovikov, 1989).

Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Almaty region, Borohudzir

Earlier breeding of Ibisbill only supposed in this region, but until now there was no significant findings.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Almaty region, Sorbulak

Rare bird. Previous known meeting on Sorbulak was 16 years ago - May 19, 1997 (Belyalov, Karpov - Selevinia, 2012, pp. 82-108)

Merlin (Falco columbarius pallidus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

Alakol salt lake, Zhambyl region

Very early meeting and away from nesting sites. This may indicate a nesting Merlins in the region.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

© Albert Salemgareyev


September 18, 2013 Salemgareevym Albert and Urazalieva Ruslan was met white stork in the vicinity of the village Sadyrbaev, Akmola region. It is not known to what sub-species is the bird. However, this is the first meeting of the White Stork in the region and fly very far from known nesting sites, and from the venues of the species as a whole.

Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

Altai Mts

This is the first photographic record of Altai snowcock from Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is the westernmost tip of this species distribution and there are only several small populations in remote areas of Altai mountain ranges.

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)

© Aibar Magazov

Western Kazakhstan oblast, Syrym region, Ulenta.

Photographed by Aibar Magazov in Ulenta (Western Kazakhstan oblast) at September 07, 2013.

Menetries Warbler (Sylvia mystacea mystacea)

© Victoria Kovshar

artifitial island in North-East Caspian Sea

One bird was photographed at April 24, 2009 on artificial island in North Caspian Sea by Victoria Kovshar.

Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola)

© Oleg Lyakhov

Pavlodar Area, Borly

Female (or jyvenile) was photographed by Oleg Lyakhov at Borly lake (Pavlodar oblast).

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Aisagali Kadirov

Tupkaragan, Mangystau.

At January 12, 2013 on coast of caspian Sea near Fort-Shevchenko Victoria Kovshar observed the flock of Long-tailed Ducks (about 800 birds) in mixed flock with Common Goldeneyes (more than 3000 birds). At March 28, 2013 the same birds were observed by Aisagali Kadirov.

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

© Oleg Belyalov

Almaty region

Nesting of Chiffchaff was found in Zhetizhol ridge (Tien Shan) by Oleg Belyalov and Victoria Kovshar.

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata sarudnyi)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

Akterek village, Almaty region

Nesting of Spotted Flycatcher was found in Zhetizhol ridge (Tien Shan) by Oleg Belyalov and Vassily Fedorenko.

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

© Alexey Timoshenko

Batpakkol lake, Kamysty reg, Kostanay oblast,

Female Flycatcher was photographed by Aleksei Timoshenko on May 04, 2012 at Batpakkol lake, Kustanai oblast.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Koshkin


Photographed by Aleksei Koshkin in Kurgaldzhin Reserve in May 6th 2007.

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

Bayserke village, Almaty region

Presumably adult male Dusky Thrush was photographed by Vassily Fedorenko in group of Black-throated Thrushes in the Russian Olive thickets near Baiserke village (Ile region, Almaty oblast) at Fenruary 16, 2013.

Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Akbastau, Almaty region

Single Red-throated Thrush was recorded by Gennady Dyakin at January 19, 2013 in mixed flock of different birds feeding on the russian olive thickets in valley of Ile river near Akbastau village (Almaty oblast).

Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

© Denis Afanasiev

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.

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Madina Dyussebayeva

Kolsay lake, Almaty obl.

The second record in the Kazakhstan's part of Kungei Alatau.

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Fedor Sarayev

Atyrauskaja oblast, Priembenskaja ravnina, karier Munajlemola

The colony of Spanish Sparrow was founded by Fedor Sarayev on the Emba valley at Munajlemola quarry on May 24, 2012.

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

© Askar Isabekov

Almaty, Republic Square.

One foraging on thuja bird was observed in flock with Black-throated Thrushes and Blackbirds at 25th November 2012. Next days this bird was also noticed by other birdwatchers.

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

© Aleksey Koshkin


The second vagrant bird in Kurgaldzhino.

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unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Они если не все, то многие в какой-то степени могут быть гибридными. Но здесь особо признаков гибридности не вижу. Я думаю, можно отнести к [....]


Аскар Исабеков: возможно какие-то жаворонки, но ничего не видно


Аскар Исабеков: Вот это правильный подход - если возникает монгольская или хохотунья - то сразу же надо выкладывать на определение и пусть там висит до скончания [....]


Виктор Калюжнов: На мой взгляд вокруг Серебрянска из овсянок встречаются больше всего красноухие. Давайте перенесём её к красноухим.


Владимир Казенас: Большое спасибо, Анна. В нашем районе черноголовый чекан обычен, но чаще встречается на поле.


Иван Бевза: Спасибо, Аскар!

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