Go birding in Kazakhstan!

What’s up readers? Through our blog you have learnt tons of new information about Kazakhstan. But did you know that Kazakhstan is also famous for birding?

Kazakhstan can boast breath-taking landscapes and immense diversity of birds. The avifauna of the country includes a total of 513 species, five of which are rare. The birds are classified into 4 groups: residents, who stay all year around; breeding birds, who spend a significant of growing season to raise their young; migrants, who pass through the country with the seasons; and wintering, who spend winter in the country to escape colder conditions in the northern regions. All four types of birds are present in Kazakhstan.

This diversity of species attracts tourists from all over the world. People come to Kazakhstan to see and record unique birds hoping to capture some of them during the period of migration. For example, Chokpak pass is one of the most renowned places for bird migration in Kazakhstan. It is situated at the western end of the Tien Shan, between the Zhabaglytau and the Borolday mountains in South Kazakhstan province, where huge numbers pass this natural flyway through the mountains to and from India, the Middle East and Africa.

[caption id=”attachment_1980” align=”aligncenter” width=”620”]Chokpak Gate; photo source: birdsofkazakhstan.com Chokpak Gate; photo source: birdsofkazakhstan.com[/caption]

There are also a wide variety of Kazakhstan endemic birds. For example, by far the largest part of the breeding ranges of Sociable Lapwing and White-winged and Black Larks is found in Kazakhstan. It also holds the largest portion of the Asian population of White-headed Duck.

[caption id=”attachment_1981” align=”aligncenter” width=”616”]Sociable Lapwing; photo source: www.birdlife.org Sociable Lapwing; photo source: www.birdlife.org[/caption]

So here you go, now you know that Kazakhstan is home to over 500 species of birds, most of which cannot be found anywhere but Kazakhstan. Isn’t it one more reason to visit this amazing country?

Sources: Wikipedia, birdsofkazakhstan.com, www.birdlist.org