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Armenia has an extraordinary 349 species of birds. By comparison, the whole of Europe has 550 species and the entire landmass of the former Soviet Union has 750. Of the 29 orders and 187 families of birds worldwide, Armenia is home to 18 orders and 58 families.

The country lies on the main migration route between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with species flying from as far away as South Africa. With its diverse terrain and vegetation zones overlapping each other in such a compact area, Armenia attracts diverse bird species that do not normally inhabit the same terrain.

Thus it is possible to observe desert and forest birds, waterfowl, high plains and alpine species living in the same area (sometimes in the same square mile).

Click Here For List of Birds in Armenia by Species.

Click Here for List of Birds in Armenia by Habitat.

REGION BY REGION:

NORTH (Shirak, Lori, Tavush)

Shirak
Click for Birds By Habitat: Mountain Steppe Wetland | Valley / Lowland | Scrub | Semi-Desert to Mountain Steppe | Mountain Steppe | Rocky Cliff / River Gorge | Mountain Slope | Upper Mountain Cliff and Gorge | Woodland / Farmland / Orchard | Subalpine / Mountain Meadow | Alpine

Lori / Tavush
Click for Birds By Habitat: Mountain Steppe Wetland, Valley / Lowland, Scrub, Semi-Desert to Mountain Steppe, Mountain Steppe, Rocky Cliff / River Gorge, Mountain Slope, Upper Mountain Cliff and Gorge, Woodland / Farmland / Orchard, Subalpine / Mountain Meadow, Alpine.

CENTRAL (Aragatsotn, Kotaik, Gegharkunik - Sevan)

Aragatsotn / Kotaik
Click for Birds By Habitat: Mountain Steppe Wetland, Scrub, Semi-Desert , Mountain Steppe, Rocky Cliff, Mountain Slope, Woodland / Farmland / Orchard, Forests / Open Forests, Mountain Forest Areas, Subalpine / Mountain Meadow, Alpine.

Gegharkunik (Lake Sevan)
Click for Birds By Habitat: Mountain Steppe Wetland, Rocky Cliff, Mountain Slope, Woodland / Farmland / Orchard, Forests / Open Forests, Subalpine / Mountain Meadow.

ARARAT VALLEY (Armavir, Yerevan, Ararat)

Ararat Valley
The Ararat Valley has the greatest variety of birds in Armenia, and the largest population of water birds. In the Spring time, the marshes, fish ponds, river beds and lakes are filled with nesting birds.
Click for Birds By Habitat: Widespread, Urban / Suburban, Lakes / Reservoirs / Fish Ponds / Wetlands, Mountain Steppe Wetland, Valley / Lowland, Scrub, Semi-Desert to Mountain Steppe, Mountain Steppe, Rocky Cliff / River Gorge, Mountain Slope, Upper Mountain Cliff and Gorge, Woodland / Farmland / Orchard, Subalpine / Mountain Meadow, Alpine.

SOUTH (Vayots Dzor, Siunik)

Vayots Dzor
Click for Birds By Habitat: Wetlands, Mountain Steppe Wetland, Valley / Lowland, Scrub, Semi-Desert to Mountain Steppe, Mountain Steppe, Rocky Cliff / River Gorge, Mountain Slope, Upper Mountain Cliff and Gorge, Woodland / Farmland / Orchard.

Siunik
Click for Birds By Habitat: Wetlands, Mountain Steppe Wetland, Valley / Lowland, Scrub, Semi-Desert to Mountain Steppe, Mountain Steppe, Rocky Cliff / River Gorge, Mountain Slope, Upper Mountain Cliff and Gorge, Woodland / Farmland / Orchard, Forests / Open Forests, Subalpine / Mountain Meadow, Alpine.




LINKS

BIRDING WEB SITES
Birds of Armenia Project
Eco Center
Armenia The Annotated Ramsar List: Armenia
Ornithological Society of the Middle East: Trip report - 1995
Ornithological Society of the Middle East: Trip report - 2000
Birdlife International partner in Armenia (no content)
Armenian Flora/Fauna Stamps
Bird Checklist

ERMC
National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
United Nations Envirnment Program for Armenia (strong material, if Euro-colonialist in style)
Protected Areas of Armenia
Map of Sevan National Park
Threatened Species in Armenia

INDIVIDUAL TRIP REPORTS
Individual - September 2000
Individual - July 1998
Ramsar Field Trip on Armenia's Wetlands (1998)

GUIDES / TRIPS
Birds of Armenia (Luba and Levon) @ Zoological Institute [+ (3741) 28-15-02 ]


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