Birding Factoids

278 species in 
45 families

One Turkestan endemic
12 speciality birds
11 endangered species

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Uzbekistan Specialities
    ....Bukhara - "This town in Uzbekistan is situated in a large 
      oasis in the Kyzylkum Desert and during spring even the gardens of the town attract migrants. Bukhara is 2 hours by road north of Chardzhou. The best wetlands, which include fishponds, lie to the south and east of the town. However, the best birding areas are at the edge of the irrigated farmland, where there are ponds and reedbeds which support a good selection of waterbirds, including White-tailed Lapwing. Beyond the cotton fields and orchards which surround Samarkand, an ancient "Silk Road" city in Uzbekistan, east of Bukhara, the wooded valleys at the base of the Tien Shan mountain range, one hour south of the city support many of the specialty birds of the area. Similar species may be found arolund Chimgan ski resort near Tashkent to the northeast. - from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.
    ....Trip Report: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - 6 June - 3 July 2000. By
      Lawrie Conole.
    ....Trip Report: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, June 25 - July 16, 1997. By
      Graham Tebb. From 25 June to 11 July 1997 I was on a business trip to Almaty and Kurchatov in Kazakhstan and to Tashkent in Uzbekistan. As it was my first time in the area, I wanted to do a little sightseeing afterwards and was joined by my wife, a non-birdwatcher but very tolerant of my peculiarities, and we went to Samarkand, Shakhrisabz and Bukhara as well as to Sijjak, a small mountain village not far from Tashkent. 
    ....Trip Report: Northern Iran and Uzbekistan, September 4-18, 1997. By 
      Dirk Raes. After visiting Uzbekistan, some days Kirgizia, one day Tajikistan, and one day Turkmenistan in October 1994 as independent birdwatchers (together with my wife Krystyna and friend Bart), I have been asked by the Belgian/Flemish (Dutch-speaking) tourist organization VTB-VAB to guide a group during 14 days through Northern Iran and along the famous cities from the Great Silk Road in Uzbekistan.  Maybe a few words to start with. There are many, many interesting species in these two countries. "Unfortunately" the VTB-VAB trip was a cultural trip and not a birding trip. But let me not complain: for guiding and translating the group my trip was total free. And anyway I managed to see some birds! .....

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Endemics and Specialities

in Uzbekistan

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.  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 Uzbekistan. 

No National Endemics in Uzbekistan - One Turkestan Endemic

___ Turkestan Ground-Jay
Endangered Birds in Uzbekistan

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Dalmation Pelican
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Great Bustard
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Marbled Teal
___ Pale-backed Pigeon
___ Pallas's Fish-Eagle
___ White-headed Duck
___ Corn Crake
___ Sociable Lapwing

Other Speciality Birds in Uzbekistan

___ Chestnut-breasted Bunting
___ Clamorous Reed-Warbler
___ Long-tailed Shrike
___ Orphean Warbler
___ Paddyfield Warbler
___ Pygmy Cormorant
___ Ruddy Shelduck
___ Savi's Warbler
___ Slender-billed Gull
___ White-tailed Lapwing
___ White-throated Warbler
___ Yellow-breasted Tit

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