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found 21 new species for Kazakhstan


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

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record for Sorbulak (-10 ° С). Before that, the latest sighting at Sorbulak was on November 24, 2006 (3 birds, Belyalov, Karpov, 2013). Twice the wintering of Pied Avocet were recorded on Shardara (7 birds on January 14, 2018 and 35 birds on January 11, 2020, B. M. Gubin, S. Baskakova, A. Isabekov).

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

© Askar Isabekov
Komsomol. Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record of the Buff-bellied Pipit.

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The third record of the species for the Katon-Karagai state national nature park and the fourth for the Southern Altai. Before single birds were seen during spring migration and in winter on April 30 and December 11, 2005 in the gardens of the village Katon-Karagai (Starikov 2006, Chelyshev 2006), as well as on December 3, 2018, two robins were seen in the northern spurs of the Narym ridge (Berezovikov 2019).

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor)

© Alexandr Fedulin

A rare record for the Korgalzhyn reserve. In total, 3 sightings are known: one bird each on December 5, 1986 and November 27, 2008, two birds - on May 1, 2009. // Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.

unidentified birds


Владимир Муравский: А вот какой? Алтайский? Восточный?


Владимир Казенас: Большое спасибо за определение. У меня никак не получалось.

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