Birding Factoids

Unknown number of species

One Turkestan endemic
6 speciality birds
5 endangered species

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Kyrgyzstan Specialities
    ....Ala Archa Gorge - "The lowland broadleaf forests, high coniferous forests,
      juniper stands and alpine meadows in and around this magnificent gorge near Bishkek in the snow-capped Tien Shan support a superb range of birds. There are some excellent trails which pass through the full range of habitats up to 3000 meters. Boreal Owl breeds in the nest boxes on the valley floor, but most of the other speciality birds here are only found at higher altitudes, especially in the juniper stands." - from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley
    ....On Mannerheim’s Footsteps: Trip Report from Kyrgyzstan - by Anssi
      Kullberg. Kyrgyzstan is the most easily accessible of the countries nowadays located on Mannerheim's journey. In the terms of avifauna, Kyrgyzstan is located in an interesting crossroads between the Turkestani steppes and deserts, and the mountain ranges of the Himalaya and Tibet. The Central Asian avifauna is mixed with South Asian species through the mountain passes, and spiced with relicts of the mountain forests. Siberian and Kazakstani migrants pass this way on their way towards wintering areas in the Indian Subcontinent. 
    ....Trip Report: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - 6 June - 3 July 2000. By
      Lawrie Conole.
    ....Trip Report: Kyrgyzstan. By Otto Pfister. A business trip brought me
      to Bishkek (1000 m/asl.) / Kyrgyzstan from 12th to 29th July 2000. During this stay, I had the chance to organise two birding outings over the week-ends. See also Otto's second official trip report to Bishkek (800 m/asl.) / Kyrgyzstan offered an opportunity to conduct a short birdwatching tour along Ysyk-Kul (a 190 km long lake) to Karakol (1800 m/asl) during the weekend of 25th/26th November 2000.
    ....Trip Report: Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan,
      This trip report is provided courtesy of Urs Geiser's Trip Report Archive. July 26 - August 8, 1997 - by Stuart Reeves. This trip report gives a list of the bird species I saw on a trip to the Tien Shan Mountains in Kirghizstan in July/August 1997. The trip was an organised trekking group rather than a birding group, so birding was opportunistic, rather than the main purpose of the trip. 

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Endemics and Specialities

in Kyrgystan

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by information from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Kyrgystan. 

No National Endemics in Kyrgystan - One Asian endemic and one Turkestan Endemic

___ Ibisbill
___ Turkestan Ground-Jay
Endangered Birds in Kyrgystan

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Corn Crake
___ Great Bustard
___ Pale-backed Pigeon
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Sociable Lapwing

Other Speciality Birds in Kyrgystan

___ Crimson-billed Finch
___ Himalayan Snowcock
___ Rufous-backed Redstart
___ White-browed Tit-warbler
___ White-winged Grosbeak
___ White-winged Redstart

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