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found 23 new species for Kazakhstan


Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

2018-10-10| Askar Isabekov
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# species number comment

1Black-Necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)30

2Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus)1

3Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)200

4Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)5

5Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)25

6Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)200

7Common Teal (Anas crecca)30

8Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)15

9Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)15

10Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)10

11Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)1

12Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)15

13White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)15

14Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)1

15Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)2

16Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)1

17Common Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)1

18Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)2

19Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)4

20Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)1

21White-tailed Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)1

22Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)1

23Merlin (Falco columbarius)1

24Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)3

25Common Coot (Fulica atra)800

26Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)15

27Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)5

28Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)15

29Little Stint (Calidris minuta)5

30Dunlin (Calidris alpina)2

31Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)150

32Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)2

33Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

34Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)2

35Eurasian Roller (Coracias garrulus)2

36Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)2

37Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)50

38Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)5

39Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)30

40Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)1sibiricus

41Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)50

42Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

43Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica)

44Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

45Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

46Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)5

47Great Tit (Parus major)2

48House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

49Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

50Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

51Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

52Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)2

53Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephala)1

54Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)1



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rare birds records

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

A new species for the Katon-Karagai National Park. A flock of 12 birds was recorded on May 20, 2022 in the floodplain of the middle reaches of the Bukhtarma in the Taylakova Yama tract, one bird on May 27, 2022 in the valley of the middle reaches of the Kara-Kaba on Lake Shoptykol, on June 3, 2022 in the Karazher tract, June 6 on the lake Yazevoe. Воробьёв В.М. 2022. Встреча белокрылой крачки Chlidonias leucopterus в среднем течении реки Бухтармы на Южном Алтае // Рус. орнитол. журн. 31 (2191): 2376-2379.

Great Snipe (Gallinago media)

© Martin Grienenberger
Betpak Dala

The first record of the Great Snipe in Kazakhstan, after more than 30 years, confirmed by photography. The last record of this species dates back to 1987, when on May 7 a migrating Great Snipe was caught in the Tentek delta (Khrokov et al. 1993).

Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)

© Yuriy Malkov

The first nesting record in the Kostanay region. It is known that the Ural Owl breeds in the South-Western Altai and Kalba, there is also evidence of nesting in the North Kazakhstan region (Zuban, Kalashnikov 2017) and in the East Kazakhstan region in forests north of Semey (Karpov, Levin 2005). In the Kostanay region, this species was occasionally found only during wintering (A.Yu. Timoshenko, G.Yu. Timoshenko 2021, Yu. Malkov, birds.kz).

Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

© Fedor Shakula
The second record of the species on the territory of Kazakhstan. Observed by a group of 6 ornithologists on the eastern coast of the Aral Sea on May 11-12, 2022 and on the northern coast on May 12-13, 2022, where, according to S. Baskakova, it was especially numerous - several males singing at the same time on clayey chinks. For the first time this species was recorded on May 9, 2018 in Mangistau in the Karagie depression near the Ashibulak spring (see the site gallery).

The northernmost record of the Trumpeter Finch on the territory of Kazakhstan. A few more southern records are known: on the territory of Mangystau, on artesians near the village of Kanshengel, both in nesting and non-nesting time. According to unpublished data, one birds was observed on May 13, 2021 on artesians in western Betpakdala by Svetlana Baskakova and Nicolas Moulin. Also recently, in the Turkestan region in the Karaktau mountains in the eastern part of the Kyzylkum desert, on May 9-10, 2021, two pairs of the Trumpeter Finch and an unfinished nest, subsequently abandoned, were found (Fedorenko, 2022).

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