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 740 species in Russia/Siberia
No breakdown available for Siberia alone. 

2 endemic species
26 speciality species
43 endangered species 

    (see also Siberia)
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Dark-throated Thrush - Photo copyright Rudy Offereins

Photo copyright Rudy Offereins
Common Oystercatcher
Photo copyright Eric Kleyheeg
Smew - Photo copyright Erigen Birding Pages
Photo copyright Erigen Birding Pages
Little Owl - Photo copyright Tetsu Sato
Photo copyright Tetsu Sato
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Photo copyright Jeremy Barker
Photo copyright Jeremy Barker
Caspian Plover - Photo copyright Paul Gale
Photo copyright Paul Gale
Steppe Eagle - Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg
Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg
Black Kite - Photo copyright Sumit Sen
Photo copyright Sumit Sen
Marsh Sandpiper - Photo copyright Nigel Blake
Photo copyright Nigel Blake
    ....Russian National Parks - by Matti Pellinen. Information is provided
      on a number of Russian Parks and protected areas.
    ....Nature Preserves - (select Nature Preserves from the drop-down
      menu). The biggest treasures of Eastern Russia besides its people, are probably the nature preserves (zapovedniks). These territories which are spread all over Eastern Russia, do not allow economic activity and are primarily used for research. By law, the nature preserves may be visited only by scientists and small groups under their direction. However, since the current economy of Eastern Russia has been putting a strain on the budgets to maintain the nature preserves, some of the preserves have cautiously opened      their doors to eco tourism programs which are usually are operated in cooperation with a tour operator and a scientist who may be a biologist, ornithologist or involved with marine biology. Information is provided on:
      • Kedrovaya PAD - Located in the Primorsky Krai 
      • Khasan Nature Preserve - Located in the Primorsky Krai 
      • Lazovsky Preserve - Southern Primorsky Krai 
      • Khankaisky Nature Preserve - About 9 hours drive from Vladivostok in the Primorsky Krai
    ....Birds of Sochi (Caucas and Black Sea) - by Ilya Ukolov. It is difficult
      to find in our country, and all over the world, the site of a nature allocated such rich flora and fauna, as Caucasian state reserve - the oldest reserve of Russia. It(he) is located on northern and southern slopes of the Western Caucasus. This site includes a bird list for the area.
    ....Trip Report - Russia/East Prussia (Curonian Spit and Biological
      Station Rybatschy) - 1996 - From May 27 to June 02, 1996 - eleven members of "Ornis"-Verein had an ornithological trip to Russia (into the region of the former East Prussia). The trip went to Kaliningrad (the former Koenigsberg), the Curonian Spit and the Biological Station Rybatschy (the former Banding Station Rossitten). Moreover we visited Rauschen, Cranz and Cafe Ehrlich at Gilge. 
    ....Trip Report: Summer Days in Karelia (Russia), July 14 - August 6, 1997
      By Wim Vader. Karelia stretches from the vast Ladoga and Onega lakes NE of St Petersburg in the south to the White Sea coast in the north; it is a quite thinly populated area of lakes, mires and forests, and the capital, Petrozavodsk on the Onega lake, has only 280,000 inhabitants, and is thus a small town by Russian (though not Norwegian) standards. 
    ....Russia: towns of the Ural Region (7/5 - 7/6 1998) by Roberto Garavaglia
      During a business trip to Russia, I had plenty of spare time, which I spent birding. I visited three towns in the Ural Region: Perm, Ekaterinburg, and Chelyabinsk. They are located in the central part of the Urals. 
    ....Trip Report: Russia - by Gary and "Gene" Roberts, Austin, Texas. 
      May, 2000. We enjoyed our trip as volunteers to assist the Matroshka Nesting Doll makers of the Voznesenskoya, Nizhny Novgorod Region of Russia.  This is a small "Settlement" about 300 miles east of Moscow. We were there one month and got to go birding regularly.  While we were a curiosity to the local people who had never seen an American (much less, a bird watcher) we were treated with kindness and respect everywhere we went.  We found the Russian people to be the friendliest people we have ever met anywhere. This report includes a complete bird list.
    ....Kislovodsk, Land of raptors: Trip Report - by Jeff Gordon. 
      Kislovodsk is one of three Spa towns located in the northern foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia. I vacationed there during the period 21st July until the 4th August 2001. Although birdwatching was not the primary reason for my visit I did manage to watch birds on most days, taking some five separate half-day trips away from the town and one full-day trip into the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. This report therefore is my attempt to point people to areas of ornithological interest should they be fortunate enough to visit this outstanding and relatively unknown bird-paradise.

    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Europe and Russia  - by Nigel Wheatley

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Tours and Guides

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Bay-backed Shrike - Photo copyright Tony Coatsworth
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Endemics and Specialities

in Russia and Siberia

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. Asian speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Asia. 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 Russia and Siberia. 

Endemics in Russia and Siberia
___ Black-billed Caepercailie ___ Siberian Grouse
Endangered Birds in Russia and Siberia
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Aquatic Warbler 
___ Baikal Teal 
___ Swan Goose 
___ Lesser White-fronted Goose 
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Imperial Eagle 
___ Baer's Pochard 
___ Ferruginous Pochard 
___ Red-breasted Goose 
___ Oriental Stork
___ Swinhoe's Rail 
___ Corn Crake
___ Chinese Egret 
___ Rufous-backed Bunting 
___ Spoonbill Sandpiper
___ Lesser Kestrel 
___ Red-crowned Crane 
___ Siberian Crane 
___ Hooded Crane 
___ White-naped Crane 
___ Steller's Sea-Eagle 
___ Blakiston's Fish-Owl
___ Marbled Teal 
___ Scaly-sided Merganser
___ Steller's Sea-Eagle 
___ Blakiston's Fish-Owl
___ Marbled Teal 
___ Scaly-sided Merganser
___ Crested Ibis
___ Bristle-thighed Curlew 
___ Slender-billed Curlew 
___ Great Bustard
___ White-headed Duck
___ Dalmatian Pelican
___ Steller's Eider
___ Red-legged Kittiwake
___ White-throated Bushchat 
___ Spectacled Eider 
___ Japanese Murrelet
___ Crested Shelduck
___ Nordmann's Greenshank 
___ Sociable Lapwing
___ Japanese Night-Heron

Other Near-endemic and Speciality Birds in Russia and Siberia
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Europe and Russia  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Aleutian Tern
___ Altai Snowcock
___ Azure Tit
___ Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
___ Daurian Partridge
___ Demoiselle Crane
___ Dusky Thrush
___ Eversmann's Redstart
___ Great Grey Owl
___ Gyrfalcon
___ Japanese Grosbeak
___ Japanese Waxwing
___ King Eider
___ Menetrie's Warbler
___ Pallas's Sand-grouse
___ Pied Harrier
___ Ross's Gull
___ Sabine Gull
___ Siberian Accentor
___ Siberian Blue-Robin
___ Siberian Jay
___ Siberian Ruby-throat
___ Siberian Thrush
___ Solitary Snipe
___ White's Thrush
___ White-throated Rock-Thrush

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