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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 Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first record of the species in the Kazakh part of Altai, confirmed by a photo.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov

The first reliable record of the Great Black-backed Gull on the territory of Kazakhstan. There are indications of finds of this gull in the Caspian Sea between the mouths of the Volga and the Urals, as well as near Omsk (Dolgushin 1962). Vagrant are known to the Makhachkala region (Tatarinkova 1970).

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Askar Isabekov
Uzunagach, Almaty oblast.

A rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan. On February 27 and 28, two birds kept in the thickets of silverberries near the village of Uzynagash (43 km west of Almaty). This is the sixth record of the Dusky Thrush for Kazakhstan. Records of this species are known for the Syrdarya, near the village of Dzhulek (October 16, 1927), near Almaty (February 16, 2013), as well as Ust-Kamenogorsk (October 14 and 16, 2016), Kurgaldzhino (May 7, 2020).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
Almaty, Aitykov str.

The first record of Pygmy Cormorant in Almaty in general and, in particular, during the winter. The expansion of the Pygmy Cormorant to the northeast concerns not only the probable nesting area, but also the wintering grounds. The nearest winter finds are Sorbulak and Taldykorgan (winter 2017-18, one bird each). In this connection, it is worth noting a significant number of birds in the Almaty (40) and Sorbulak (20) records this winter.

unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Сложно сказать, хохотунья или барабинская. Птица еще не во взрослом наряде, это усложняет задачу.


Анна Ясько: Каменка-плешанка, самка.

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