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492 photographed species of 520 (94%)
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

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)

© Andrey Kovalenko
Caspian Sea, Tup-Karagan.

The first photo record in birds.kz website. A rare pass migrant for Kazakhstan. It is known that in Mangyshlak the red-throated loon was found on migration and, possibly, wintered occasionally in the Caspian Sea (Dolgushin, 1960).

Caucasian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
Fakel, Mangistau region

A new species for Kazakhstan. The habitat of Phylloscopus lorenzii covers Turkey, the Caucasus, Transcaucasia and northern Iran.

Grey-headed Lapwing (Microsarcops cinereus)

© Ivan Bevza
lowerTurgen river, Almaty oblast.

first record in Kazakhstan

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov

The third sighting of the species at Mangyshlak. Before to this, one migrant bird was recorded on April 11, 2009 in South Mangyshlak and another on April 19, 2009 in the Kaundy depression (Neve et al., 2010).

unidentified birds


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 [....]

more unidentified birds...