Birding Armenia

Birding Armenia is your reliable partner in Armenia with more than 20 years of experience in organizing and running birdwatching and nature tours in the country.

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Francolinus francolinus - Black Francolin

This bird occurs only in dry subtropics of extreme south-east of Armenia on a border with Iran.
The species' population seems to do very well and it's is observed and heard on almost every visit to Arevik National Park.

Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes)

A very good selection of raptors seen on a standard spring-summer birding tour to Armenia. But only one of them breeds almost exclusively in and around human settlements - in villages, towns and even public parks of Yerevan city.

White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) deserves its name and most of the time seen with at least some snow around...

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Hippolais languida - Upcher's Warbler

Another bird with restricted range in the Western Palearctic, where it breeds only in the south-eastern corner of the region.

In spring Upcher's Warbler arrives relatively late, from mid-May onward, but then it is easily found in dry gorges and mountain foothills, thanks to its distinct repetitive song and characteristic flight from bush to bush.

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Melanocorypha bimaculata - Bimaculated Lark

In breeding season this lark is usually easily detected by its loud and unmistakable song audible at long distance. In contrast, locating a bird singing somewhere high in the sky is not a straightforward task, while finding a landed bird is sometimes even more complicated because of its perfect blend with the habitat.

Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros

General fieldguides to WP birds traditionally depict 'semirufus' race of the Black Redstart which has a tiny range in the Levant, but do not usually cover the quite similar variant of the closely related and highly variable nominate 'ochruros', which is found all over the Caucasus, NW Iran and E & C Turkey.
Surely this kind of nominate birds involved in most (if not all) of the cases with the 'semirufus' reports from the Caucasus.

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Irania gutturalis - White-throated Robin (a.k.a. Irania)

Every birder visiting Armenia for a spring-summer tour, will surely have the White-throated Robin on his/her priority list.

Although secretive, this species is easily observed in various habitats and at various elevations throughout western and southern Armenia.

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Prunella ocularis - Radde's Accentor

Radde's Accentor has very restricted range in the Western Palearctic. In Armenia, the species is found on most of the mountain ranges and upland plateaus, where it prefers gorges and slopes with abundance of rock and shrub.

By word of many visiting birders, Armenia is the easiest place in the WP, where you can see Radde's Accentor with minimal effort. In fact, the species habitats are accessible within half an hour drive from the capital city, on the slopes of Mount Aragats - a popular destination among birders for more than two decades now...

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Vanellus leucurus - White-tailed Lapwing

The White-tailed Lapwing was first spotted in Armenia in May 1989, but only a decade later the species reappeared at the same site, when several apparently breeding pairs were found and provided great views to participants of the very first Birding Armenia tour. Soon afterwards their breeding here was proven, and since then small number of the lapwing is breeding in the country annually. The species in Armenia confined to a very small area in the Ararat Plain, where it occupies remaining patches of saline mudflats in fishfarms. The White-tailed Lapwing is Nationally Redlisted in Armenia.

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Oenanthe chrysopygia - Red-tailed Wheatear

(a.k.a. Rufous-tailed Wheatear, Persian Wheatear, Afghan Wheatear etc.)

In Armenia,this species was known only from the country's extreme SE, on a border with Iran. But since the last 15 or so years the bird is expanding its range northward, and is now found closer to Yerevan in Ararat and Vayots Dzor provinces, thus becoming more accessible for visiting birders.

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Birding Armenia is your reliable partner in Armenia with more than 20 years of experience in organizing and running birdwatching and nature tours in the country.

Our approach

BirdingArmenia’s team organizes and runs birding tours in Armenia already for the last two decades. In fact, we were involved in early stages of development of birdwatching tourism sector in the country and have run and guided the first birding tours in Armenia.

Our tours cover the whole range of habitats and elevations in the Armenia, and we repeatedly reach 220+ species of birds observed during a standard spring-summer tours. Autumn tours are rewarding too - although missing some summer breeders, these are enriched with a good selection of passage migrants.

In addition to birds we observe and photograph other wildlife – mammals, herps, butterflies, dragonflies etc. Historical and cultural attractions are frequent on our routes and in habitats we visit in search of birds, so beside wildlife we enjoy some of the most impressive pagan and medieval monuments found in the country.

Secure transportation, comfortable accommodation, delicious local food and, of course, lots of birds - these are the attributes of our tours. We provide complete service, ensuring that your holidays in Armenia turn into memorable experience.

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