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found 23 new species for Kazakhstan


Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

2018-10-20| Askar Isabekov

# species number comment

1Black-Necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

2Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

3Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)16

4Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

5Great White Egret (Egretta alba)3

6Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)10

7Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)8

8Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)300

9Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)20

10Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

11Common Teal (Anas crecca)

12Gadwall (Anas strepera)20

13Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)30

14Garganey (Anas querquedula)20

15Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)5

16Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)50

17Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)50

18Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)10

19Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)150

20Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)3

21Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)1

22Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)2

23White-tailed Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)4

24Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)1

25Merlin (Falco columbarius)1

26Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)2

27Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix)1

28Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)1

29Common Coot (Fulica atra)1000

30Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)1

31Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)20

32Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)15

33Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)3

34Little Stint (Calidris minuta)5

35Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)100

36Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)10

37Black-Bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis)25

38Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

39Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)2

40Eurasian Roller (Coracias garrulus)1

41Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)10

42Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)6

43Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)5

44Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)20

45Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)5

46Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)1

47Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)20

48Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

49Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica)

50Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

51Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

52Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

53Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)10

54Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)2

55Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)1

56Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)1

57Azure Tit (Parus cyanus)5

58Great Tit (Parus major)5

59Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

60Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)50

61Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)30

62Eurasian Linnet (Acanthis cannabina)250

63Desert Finch (Rhodospiza obsoleta)30

64Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)1

65Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephala)10

66Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)1

67Northern Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)2



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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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