Three hundred thirty bird species: Georgia is definitely a kingdom of birds. That’s why it’s a great place for birdwatching tours.
You will come across many different species in forests, alpine meadows, glaciers, and lakes.
You can also observe some of the critically endangered species (Caucasian black grouse, Caucasian snowcock).
Dalmatian Pelicans, for example, which are the heaviest species of flying birds, have a breeding colony at Lake Kartsakhi, in Samtskhe-Javakheti. Even flamingos stop here to rest and feed during their migration.
If you’re visiting Armenia to explore nature and wildlife, then grab your binoculars, journal, and pen; we’re going birdwatching.
A country like Armenia, located at an elevation of 375 to 4,090 meters above sea level, creates a perfect condition for numerous habitats.
Each type of habitat is home to a different bird species. Armenia has 359 bird species, 240 out of which regularly breed.
- Armenia’s semi-desert areas host Persian and Finsch’s Wheatears, Short-toed Larks, Orpean, and Upcher’s Warblers.
- The juniper woodlands are the place to look for Black Vulture and Red-fronted Serin.
- The deciduous forests of Armenia host Middle Spotted and Black Woodpeckers.
- Higher, in the mountain steppes, you will be able to observe Roadde’s Accentor, Bluethroat, and Siberian Stonechat.
- Armenia’s subalpine and alpine zones are home to Caucasian Black Grouse, CornCrake, and White-winged Snow finch.
- Armenia’s rocky landscapes are a perfect home for Egyptian Vultures and Peregrine Falcons.
- In the riparian areas and salty marches live Levant Sparrowhawk, Syrian Woodpecker, White-tailed Lapwing, and Savii’s Warbler.
Do you enjoy taking a nice, relaxing stroll around rich forests and watching local birds? Then Azerbaijan is a perfect destination for you. Don’t forget your birdwatching tools, and make sure to enjoy your visit.
Currently, about 365 species of birds have been recorded in the country. Azerbaijan has a perfect climate for various birds, and it is predicted that the country will shelter many more due to climate change.
Flamingos, eagles, water flows, warbles, bee-eaters, and rollers are the country’s most common birds. You can come across them at any season.
Azerbaijan is a perfect destination for migrating bird species, so some seasons may include swans, geese, ducks, flamingos, etc.
Spring brings another flow of migrant birds. Some birds arrive earlier (in February). By this time, you can see Hoopoe, Barn Swallow, and wheatear along the roadsides.
All kinds of small birds, such as shrikes, warblers, and flycatchers, pass through or stay to nest. The large quantity of birds migrating makes spring the most preferred time for birdwatching.
Summer and fall are not the best seasons for birdwatching. You can still observe Herons, Pigmy Cormorants, the remaining ducks, Purple Gallinule, Moorhens, and Water Rails.
From October to December, you can observe ducks, geese, and swans in coastal and inland wetlands.
Here are the most preferred places for birdwatching in Azerbaijan:
Beshbarmak Mount (Summer, June-August)
Babadağ mount (Winter, Spring, Fall)
Shahdagh Mount (Summer, June-August)
Giziagag national Park (All year)
Hajigabul Lake (Winter)
Lankaran Lerik (Winter and Spring)
Aggol national Park (All year)
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