|'Armenian' Stonechat Saxicola maurus armenicus ©Vasil Ananian http://www.armeniabirding.info|
Armash FishpondsSituated in the arid and salty semi-deserts of the Arax Valley, is one of the best known birding sites in the country. This is the largest fishery in the area with over 20 ponds where various Carp species are farmed. There is much marginal vegetation in places and reedbeds can be extensive providing excellent habitat for a range of waterbirds during the breeding season, passage periods and winter. With the loss and degradation of other wetlands in Armenia this site is becoming increasingly important and thoroughly deserves official protection. Breeding species include Pygmy Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe and ducks including Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck and small numbers of Marbled Duck. Several pairs of White-headed Duck and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters are found to be regular breeders here. Larger wading birds are common and include Glossy Ibis and White Stork as well as Little, Black-crowned Night, Squacco and Purple Herons and Little and Cattle Egrets. White-tailed Plover and Savi`s Warbler are recent colonists, Collared Pratincole, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers also breed. A good range of wetland warblers is possible in the reedbeds here with Cetti`s, Sedge and Moustached, Paddyfield, Reed and Great Reed all present. Other passerines include Bearded Reedling, Lesser Short-toed Lark, ‘Black-headed’ Wagtail and a thick-billed race of Reed Bunting.
Mount AragatsThis mountain lies to the north-west of Armenia`s capital, Yerevan, and reaches 4090m. It is an excellent area for montane species Horned Lark, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper and Snow Finch occur in the more upland areas around Lake Kari along with high-altitude specialities of the area such as Water Pipit, ‘Caucasian’ Twite and Crimson-winged Finch. More widespread upland birds include both rock thrushes, Black Redstart, Northern Wheatear and Ring Ouzel. Western Rock Nuthatch, Ortolan Bunting and Red-billed Chough are common. Raptors are impressive and include Short-toed, Booted and Lesser Spotted Eagles and Long-legged Buzzard in summer and Pallid Harrier and Steppe Eagle in autumn. The lower slopes and scrub hold more of the area`s specialities such as Radde`s Accentor, ‘Caucasian’ Bluethroat, White-throated Robin and the skulking and elusive Barred Warbler. Lesser Grey Shrike also occurs as well as Lesser Whitethroat Cetti`s Warbler and Black-headed Bunting. More wooded areas are home to Goshawk, Mountain Chiffchaff, Golden Oriole and Syrian Woodpecker. Arid foothills of Aragats host Finsch’s and Isabelline Wheatears, Bimaculated Lark and ‘Armenian’ Stonechat.
Number of bird species: 349
A Field Guide to Birds of ArmeniaM. S. Adamian and D. Klem, Jr. (1997) Field Cover 0965742911
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Handbook to the Birds of ArmeniaM. S. Adamian and D. Klem, Jr. (1999) Hardcover
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Reference Map for the Birds of Armenia ProjectBOA (1999)
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American University of Armenia - Environmental Conservation and Research Centerhttp://www.aua.am/aua/research/ecrc/
The Environmental Conservation and Research Center (ECRC) was established in 1992 to work towards fulfilling AUAs mission to promote sustainable development in Armenia. The Center is generously endowed by Mr. Sarkis Acopian, and in 1997 the Sarkis Acopian Chair in Environmental Conservation was established.
1998 [July] - Marc TaillyReport
Therefore it was not easy to take the time to observe together with our hosts, although on one occasion we got them watching through our binoculars at the rollers, bee-eaters and pygmy cormorants...
2000 [June] - Simon BusuttilReport
Arrived at the Hotel Erebuni in the early hours of the morning. Then an early start for Armash Fish Ponds some 50kms to the south-east close to the border with Turkey, Iran and the Azerbi enclave of Narkhichevan. The birdwatching was fantastic with tens of thousands of sand martins and hundreds of white-winged black terns. We found at least three singing paddyfield warblers plus what were presumably females. The species has only been recorded breeding once before in Armenia. Two pairs of white-tailed lapwings and three pairs of marbled teal were also present. The first of several superb lunches was provided from apparently nowhere in an old house provding shade. Several lifers all round included one surprisingly for Vasil - Eurasian spoonbill. European and blue-cheeked bee-eaters, rollers and hoopoes abounded with great views of three rufous-tailed scrub-robins sorting out their territories and a Menetries warblers carrying a faecal sack near a mineral water spring. The day total of species was 96.
2001 [July] - Marc TaillyReport
Three years after our first visit (see the birding trip report of 1998) to this former Soviet country, we were glad to be able to do it all over and to visit lots of new places. This was not a birdwatching trip: we visited some of the interesting old monasteries, met friends en watched how the town of Giumri and its population - in 1988 greatly affected by the earthquake - try to survive. But on a number of places I kept my eyes open for birds and I made two excursions with Vasil Ananian (mainly in search for dragonflies - a detailed account of the odonata of Armenia was published on the web) and this excellent birdwatcher is a guarantee for some interesting bird species. As only a few trip reports on this country can be found on the internet, I think it worthfull to publish mine here even if it doesn`t give full detail.
2004 [July] - Chris BattyReport
Situated in the extreme southeast of the Western Palearctic Armenia has been somewhat neglected as a birding destination. Overshadowed by it`s larger neighbour Turkey, the closed border between the two countries has prevented the many birders who have visited eastern Turkey continuing east into Armenia. Hosting many of the specialities of eastern Turkey (including Caucasian Grouse, Mongolian Finch and Grey-necked Bunting), Armenia has an advantage in that the majority of the key birding sites are located within easy striking distance of the capital, Yerevan. In terms of accessible Western Palearctic birding Armenia hosts one endemic, Persian Wheatear...
2006 [May] - Nik BorrowReport
This year we achieved an impressive record total of 224 species in two weeks and managed to see Caucasian specialities such as Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Grouse, Green Warbler and Caucasian Chiffchaff...
2008 [May] - Nigel RedmanReport
This tour to Georgia and Armenia encompassed the full range of altitudes and habitats of the Caucasian region, from lowland marshes in the Armash region to snowfields in the high Caucasus...
2010 [May] - Nigel RedmanReport
Our tour to Georgia and Armenia encompassed the full range of altitudes and habitats of the Caucasian region, from lowland marshes in the Armash region to snowfields in the high Caucasus...
Armenia ExplorerTour Operator
Armenia Explorer offers tours in Armenia and Caucasus region. Our activities include bird watching, photography and winter multi activity tours…
Birding in ArmeniaTour Operator
…if you are interested in Birdwatching TOUR in Armenia, you may contact the manager of the tour Shant Ananyan, and discuss the issues you are interested in…
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Georgia and Armenia were for centuries Christian bulwarks that resisted the Muslim tide that swept across Asia Minor, the Caucasus and deep into Russia...
Birdwatching BreaksTour Operator
Our tour covers the main birdwatching areas of Armenia, a country slightly smaller than Belgium. We start in Yerevan before travelling north to Dilijan, a forested region with breeding Semi-collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers. Several birding sites are close to Yerevan including Lake Sevan and an Armenian Gull colony...
Ecotourism ArmeniaTour Operator
...Up to the present about 347 bird species have been recorded in Armenia, of which about 237 species breed here. Many of European bird species are represented in Armenia by particular subspecies, while almost all of the Caucasian specialities are habitually encountered during a birdwatching trip...
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Armenia has an extraordinary 349 species of birds. By comparison, the whole of Europe has 550 species and the entire landmass of the former Soviet Union has 750. Of the 29 orders and 187 families of birds worldwide, Armenia is home to 18 orders and 58 families...
Birding the Limits of the Western Palearctic - ArmeniaWebsite
The former Soviet Republic of Armenia lies at the southeastern corner of the Western Palearctic, between Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains. It is mountainous throughout, Topping 4,000m at Mount Aragats and drop- ping to 600m in the Arax Valley by the Iranian border, Armenia`s western landscape is over- shadowed and dominated by the biblical Mount Ararat in Turkey. Its avifauna is amazingly unspoiled and rich in diversity, due to the mainly traditional farming methods still employed and the large areas of semi-natural habitat remaining.
Birds in ArmeniaWebsite
This website was developed by Vasil Ananian and Chris Bradshaw and aims to provide basic information about the birds of Armenia and birding in the country. The idea for a website was first discussed in 2003, when we first met during a birding tour of the country. There seemed to be an obvious need for such a resource, and even now there are hardly any websites, specifically devoted to all the birds of Armenia (not just globally red-listed) and their habitats, and covering practical information for birders. Many people from abroad regularly contact us for such information, and we hope this website will at least partially fill this gap...
Birds of ArmeniaWebsite
The Birds of Armenia Project was instituted with the goal of promoting conservation awareness in Armenia and introducing its rich natural treasures to the world. It is hoped that through the project's publications (the Field Guide, Handbook, and the Map) people worldwide will gain an appreciation for these irreplaceable resources...
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