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Number of bird species: 525
Number of endemics: 1
Although Iran has no true endemic species, one species, Pleske Ground Jay Posoces Pleskei, which occurs widely in the deserts of central and eastern Iran, is almost confined to the country, and is known elsewhere only in extreme western Pakistan.
Birds of IranEskandar Firouz, et al., Department of Environment, Tehran, 1976.
Birds of Iranby Dr. Jamshid Mansoori
Birds of the Middle EastR.F. Porter, S. Christensen, P. Schiermacker-Hansen Hardcover - 350 pages (September 1996) T & AD Poyser (UK)
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Protection and International Conventions
Environmental protection measures in the country have started since 1950s. At present there are four types of protected areas: National Parks (Seven); Wildlife Refuges (23); Protected Areas (43); National Nature Monuments (Four). Iran is party to the Ramsar Convention and World Heritage Convention. As of December 1993 Iran had designated 18 Ramsar sites (covering a total of 1,357,550 ha) but no Natural World Heritage Sites. All the Ramsar sites are major birds and wildlife areas. Iran has signed (but not ratified) the Biodiversity Convention. It participated in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and, as of December 1999, had designated nine Biosphere Reserves (covering a total area of 2,609,731 ha). Iran has ratified the Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Pollution and the Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Gulf, Marine and the Coastal Areas. A joint agreement was signed with the USSR in 1973 to fight pollution in the Caspian Sea.
2000 [March] - Trip Report for IranReport
Likewise, a big thank you for the Department of the Environment for its help on location, and especially to Mrs. Ektakar, Vicepresident of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and to Mr. A. Najafi, Deputy of the Department of the Environment, to Mr. Peyraster (Shiraz) and Mr. Rostamian (Bushehr); also to Mr. Faradhpour, ornithologist in Shiraz, and especially Dr. Jamshid Mansoori for his valuable help about the country. Finally, thanks to Alain Guillemot for the travel preparations.
2001 [April] - David & LarsReport
...just a checklist...
2003 [October] Rients NiksReport
From 27 September to 7 October I visited Iran to discuss collaboration between Wageningen University and agricultural research institutes in Iran. The programme was quite full, and I could not travel much, so there was little opportunity for bird watching. However, since there are not many bird reports available for this destination, I decided to make a short report of the few birds that I saw...
2010 [September] - Jos StratfordReport
Few birders visit Iran, fewer still that travel independently. But leave aside the preconceptions and venture beyond the media stereotype, the country is truly an amazing place, inhabited by a most gracious people and blessed with a culture second to none and landscapes that incorporate all from high Alpine peaks and lush green valleys through to vast desert vistas, stark coastlines and shimmering marine environments dotted with corals, intertidal flats and mangroves. And then there are the birds - along with an impressive array of desert and mountain species and an unrivalled selection of waterbirds, Iran is home to some mighty fine specialities, including Grey Hypocolius, Iraqi Babbler, Sind Pied Woodpecker and, the jewel in the crown, inhabiting the remote deserts of the interior, the enigmatic Pleske's Ground Jay...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Ghoghnos Tours & Travel AgencyTour Operator
Taking the choice to travel to the nature of Iran, you better leave your preconceptions at home and expect to be surprised. According to the latest records of Iran's biodiversity, there are about 10,000 species of plants and 516 of wild birds (almost equal to the number of birds and plants existing in whole Europe)...
Iran EcotourTour Operator
Iran Eco Tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences by introducing you to Iran’s captivating natural beauty and by taking you on a cultural journey into its ancient and extraordinary past....
Bird Watching in IranBlog
This site is my blog and I Upload on It my photo and records birds in Iran…
Bird list of Northen Iran [Golestan province]Website
(South eastern part of the Caspian sea) - Bird names are taken mostely from Geese, Swans, Ducks of IRAN, by Behrouz Behrouzi-Rad (1994) and The birds of Iran by Dep. of the Environment (1975). To avoid confusion (I hope) I also added the Scientific names and the English names. There is also a photo gallery.
Birds of IranWebsite
Iran's birds are vast in variety and some are among the world's rarest. You can find about 485 different kinds of Birds in this country...
My interest in birds dates back to my childhood, but I started serious birdwatching in 1982. There are more than 450 species of birds in Iran. I have set a goal of seeing all these species and so far have been able to see more than 300 of them...
Not in English - terrific photos and, presumably, descriptions...
Information on 18 designated areas...
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