Best Places for Birding in MONGOLIA
Birding In Mongolia: There are 513 registered bird species in Mongolia and more than 80 percent of them are migratory. Therefore, our country is one of the most important areas for migratory birds. There are nine migration routes in the world, three of which pass through Mongolia. Mongolia is one of the few sparsely populated and pristine countries in the world and one of the most important areas for birds and animals. In this blog, we are highlighting the best places for birding in Mongolia!
1. Hustai National Park
Hustai National Park is home to the Mongolian wild horse known as Prezewalski horse (Takhi) with unique landscape that features mountain and steppe. In this park, you can see fox, deer, roe deer, and more animals and birds such as Golden & Steppe Eagles, Saker & Amur Falcons, Cinereous & Himalayan Vultures, Meadow Bunting, Daurian Partridge, Isabelline & Brown Shrike and Mongolian Lark. Interesting migrants list Eye-browed & Dusky Thrushes, Pallas’s Leaf & Thick-billed Warblers. # Birding in Mongolia
2. Ugii Lake
The lake Ugii is a famous for its birdlife. Ugii lake has registered in the Ramsar Convention for being important breeding and staging area for a variety of waterfowl.
In here, you can see a many different species of waders such as Little, Long-toed and Red-necked Stints, Broad-billed, Wood, Curlew, and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Asian Dowitcher, Pacific Golden Plover, Little Curlew, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt and many more. Besides the waders, lake is a home to many waterfowls including Pintail, Garganey, Common and Red-crested Pochards, Ruddy and Common Shelducks etc. Highest opportunity for Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Relict Gull and Pallas’s Gull. # Birding in Mongolia
3. Gun Galuut National Park
The the harmonized complex of high mountains, steppes, rivers, lakes and wetlands. We can find siberian migrants from here such as Siberian Accentor, Little Bunting, White’s, Dusky & Naumann’s Thrushes, Arctic, Greenish & Lanceolated Warblers, Dusky, Pallas’s Leaf and Yellow-browed Warblers, and shorebirds including Red-necked, Little and Long-toed Stints, Broad-billed and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Asian Dowitcher, and probably Pintail. # Bird watching in Mongolia
4. Buun Tsagaan Lake
The lake which located in back side of Mongol Altai Mountain Range. This place is famous by its birdlife, also called as an “Island of Thousand birds”. The Buun Tsagaan Lake is the biggest tectonic and residual lake from a group of Lakes Valley. The shore of the lake has a sandy wetland. This lake is 11km wide, 24km long and 9.3m deep. There are 96 species of birds flocking to this lake. East shore of the lake is a perfect place for birding.
In here, we will be able to see Common Black-headed Gull breeding colony, Pallas’s Gull, Mongolian Gull, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Red-crested Pochard, Caspian and Little Terns, and Kentish and other small plovers. Relict Gulls will be our main target at the lake. # Bird watching in Mongolia
5. Airkhan Lake
This small lake located in the northern part of Mongolia on the south bank of the Eg river. The lake level is unstable, sometimes divided into two parts, and merge in rainy years. Around the lake, people grow crops and wheat. Places where birds can nest with reeds are at risk of being trampled by livestock and drained by drought.
Internationally endangered birds include Swan Goose (EN), Eastern Imperial Eagle (VU), White-Naped Crane (VU), and Great Bustard (VU) live here. Ruddy Shelduck and Common crane occur in more than 1% of the geographic population each spring and fall. # Bird watching in Mongolia
6. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain is the biggest National Park of Mongolia. It is located in southern part of country. Many species of plants and springs provide favorable living conditions for wild animals and birds. It is possible to observe steppe birds of prey here. This place is famous by its Lammergeyer. # Mongolia birding