Birding Factoids

277 species
in 48 families

2 of the 9 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
7 speciality species
5 endangered species

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Albania Specialities
    ....Prespa Park - the Prespa Lakes and their surrounding catchment are
      unique for their geomorphology, their ecological wealth, and their biodiversity, which gives the area significant international importance. The Prespa Lakes and their surroundings provide habitat for the conservation of various and rare species of flora and fauna and offer refuge for the migratory bird populations. They constitute as well a much needed nesting place for many species of birds threatened with extinction. See also the Society for the Protection of Prespa.
    ....Karavasta Lagoon - Albania designated its first Ramsar site in 1994, 
      comprising the Karavasta lagoon and adjacent Divjaka National Park.  Karavasta Lagoon harbors the only coastal breeding population of the Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, supporting from 2-4% of the total world breeding population of this globally threatened species.  Large numbers of waterfowl, gulls, and terns, including the globally threatened pygmy cormorant, white-headed duck, and little tern (Sterna albifrons), utilize the Karavasta wetlands during migration. 
    "About 200 species have been recorded in the Karavasta Lagoon reserve. To the south, a stretch of the Adriatic coastal plain known as Pishe Poro, the large coastal lagoon known as Gjol i Nartes, the Karaburun Peninsula a few km to the soiuthewest, the small rocky island off this peninsula known as Sazan and the nearby salinas, are all worth birding as well." from Where to Watch Birds in Europe and Russia - by Nigel Wheatley

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European Endemics and Specialities

in Albania

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 material found in Where to Watch Birds in Europe and Russia - by Nigel Wheatley. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic have only been sighted in Albania. 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 Albania. 

European Endemics in Albania - No national Endemics

___  Crested Tit ___  Rock Partridge
Endangered Birds in Albania

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Dalmation Pelican
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Lesser Kestrel ___ Corn Crake
___ White-headed Duck

Other Speciality Birds in Albania

___ Alpine Accentor
___ Great White Pelican
___ Olive-tree Warbler 
___ Pygmy Cormorant
___ Semi-collared Flycatcher
___ Wallcreeper
___ White-winged Snowfinch

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