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16. Eyebrowed Thrush

Turdus obscurus

© Anna Yasko | 2017-10-02 | Aktau, Mangystau region

The new species of the fauna of Kazakhstan. Eyebrowed Thrush is distributed from the east of Western Siberia (approximately to the line of Tomsk) to the Pacific Ocean. Vagrants were recorded in Western Europe.


15. Masked Shrike

Lanius nubicus

© Mark Pestov | 2017-05-13 | Southern Ustyurt

The second record of this species in Kazakhstan. Two birds were observed on trees near the railway junction Taigyr in the Karakiyan district of Mangystau region. In the latest research of birds of Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Peninsula Buzachi B.M. Gubin (2015) mentions the records of 31th August and 8th September 2010, when Patrick Palmen took the photos of the female bird in Fetisovo village.
The new record was at breeding season, so these two birds could be a sign to the breeding in the region (O. Belyalov, oral report). This record complements the present knowledge and indicates to the pronounced tendency of expansion the breeding range of species which was recorded in recent years in this areas where it wasn’t observed before (Koblik, Arkhipov, 2014). During the Soviet period only one record of this species was known, at April 15th, 1952 in Turkmenistan (Dementyev, 1954). Now vagrant birds were registered in Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia and Russia (Krasnodarsky Krai), but the potential breeding sites are expected for Turkmenistan (Koblik, Arkhipov, 2014).


14. Black-faced Bunting

Ocyris spodocephalus

© Natalya Borovaya | 2017-06-27 | poselie Black Uba, VKO

This is the first record for more than 80 years. Only a single record is known at wintering in the Zaisan hollow (Zalesskie, 1931), N.A. Zarudnyi got the vagrants on April 6, 1912 and October 25, 1913 near Tashkent. From the main list of ornithofauna this species was excluded in 2005 by E.I Gavrilov (Gavrilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005) due to the lack of records for a long period.
Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan", Almaty, 2005


13. Harlequin Duck

Histrionicus histrionicus

© Askar Isabekov | 2016-12-18 | Ust-Kamenogorsk. Strelka.

First reliable record of Harlequine Duck in Kazakhstan. There is only note of E.A.Eversmann (1866) about winter records in the lakes of southern steppes, but this record is too unclear. Near the borders of Kazakhstan recorded only at Nezhinka village near Orenburg where male duck was shot by N.A.Zarudny (1888). Both records related to the second half of XIX centure.


12. Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

© Anna Yasko | 2016-12-03 | Aktau, Mangystau

This is a new species for Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Ring-billed Gull inhabits in Northern America, but annually vagrant birds recorded in Western Europe and rarer observed in Central and Northern Europe. This is the first record of this bird in Caspian Sea coast. Probably the same bird was photographed in flock with Common Gulls (Larus canus) in the same place 7th of January and 5th of November 2015 (Yasko, www.birds.kz) but was identified only recently.


11. Naumann's Thrush

Turdus naumanni

© Ivan Bevza | 2016-11-05 | Almaty region

The first recors of Naumann's Thrush in Kazakhstan.


10. Vega (Mongolian) Gull

Larus (vegae) mongolicus

© Natali Kim | 2015-09-17 | VKO, Ust-Kamenogorsk

The second record of the Mongolian Gull in Kazakhstan. Previously juvenile bird was photographed 25th of October in Ust-Kamenogorsk (A.Feldman, www.birds.kz).


9. Lesser Flamingo

Phoeniconaias minor

© Steve Klasan | 2015-09-08 | NE Bay of Maly Tengiz

New species for Kazakhstan and second record for all former USSR area. Two adult birds were observed in the NE bay of Tengiz lake together with Greater Flamingo. 10 of September these birds were recoreded by R.Urazaliev too. The first record of Lesser Flamingo was at 3rd of Auguat 2007 in Limanskoe, Odesskaya oblast, Ukraine (Rednikov K.A.). The main breeding range of this species is located in eastern regions of Equatorial Africa in the salt lakes of Kenia and Tanzania. Also there are some colonies in the coast of Persian Gulf, and in Sambhar lake in Indian state Radjastan. The closest breeding spots are located at 3500 km to south from the record in Kazakhstan. It’s interesting that this species mostly feeds the Cyanobacteria and Diatom plants, unlike of breeding in Tengiz lake Greater Flamongo (Phoenicopterus roseus) which feeds mostly by Artemia salina.


8. Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator

© Anna Yasko | 2015-05-03 | Aktau

New species for Kazakhstan. Recorded bird is related to L.s.niloticus subspecies. Closest breeding spots are located in the south and west coast of Caspian Sea. Isolated populations found in Baku vicinity (40˚25΄N, Panov, 2008) and Dagestan (43˚00΄N, Bukreev, Dzhamirzoev), in the almost same latitude with Aktau (43˚40΄N). The closest record in the east coast of caspian Sea is record of couple in Turkmenistan, Kurendag mountains (Mischenko, Scherbak, 1980), about 400 to south from Aktau. This vagrant bird could indicate to the extending of breeding range, which probably present in the west coast of Caspian Sea.


7. Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

© Alexandr Katuncev | 2014-12-09 | Баутино-Форт-Шевченко

First reliable record of Herring Gull for Kazakhstan confirmed by photos, considering the new status of different forms of former subspecies of Larus argentatus sensu lato.


6. Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

© Vassiliy Fedorenko | 2014-09-07 | Small Sorbulak lakes, Almaty region

The first reliable record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. This species nests in tundra zone of Chukotka and Yakutia. Known only several records in the inside of continent: in spring migration of 1972 in Baikal lake (Durnev etc, 1996); 21-22 of September in vicinity of Sahyurte village, Maloe More (Pyzhyanov, 1989); 26 of September young male was shot in fish factory Filippovka, Kirovo-Chepetzky region, Kirovskaya oblast (Sotnikov, 2009); from 22 to 29 of September of 2011 juvenile bird was observed in taiga zone of NE Trans-Baikal area in Charskaya depression, in the edge of Chara village (Goroshko, 2014).


5. Blyth's Rosefinch

Carpodacus grandis kotschubeii

© Andrey Kovalenko | 2014-02-09 | South Kazakstan area. Zhabagly.

New species of fauna of Kazakhstan. First birds were shot in Zhabagly (Southern Kazakhstan) at January 12 2014 by E.Belousov. In same place at 8-9 of February A.Isabekov, A.Kovalenko and V.Fedorenko also photographed these birds. Previously known in localities of Uzbekistan bordered to Kazakhstan territory, nests in Ugam and Pskem ridges.


4. Japanese Waxwing

Bombycilla japonica

© Denis Afanasiev | 2013-01-03 | Almaty. Observatory.

Japanese Waxwing was caught by Denis Astafiev at January 3rd 2013 in the apple garden in foothills of Ile Alatau. New species for Kazakhstan.


3. White-capped Redstart

Chaimarrornis leucocephalus

© Gennadiy Dyakin | 2008-09-08 | Almarasan gorge, Ile Alatau National Park

The first observation in Kazakhstan. Gennady Dyakin observed one bird in the gorge Almarasan.


2. Indian Pond Heron

Ardeola grayii

© Andrey Kovalenko | 2009-07-16 | Sorbulak lake, Almaty oblast

The first record of Indian Pond Heron in Kazakhstan. Observed in Lake Sorbulak by Gennady Dyakin and Andrei Kovalenko.


1. Plumbeous Water Redstart

Rhyacornis fuliginosus

© Gabor Papp | 2011-06-09 | Ayagoz river, Aktogay vicinity, Ayagoz region, East Kazakhstan oblast

First record of Plumbeous Water Redstart for Kazakhstan, bird was observed by Gabor Papp at June 09, 2011 on the Ayagoz river, close to Aktogai station, East Kazakhstan Oblast.


Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (235)
3. Gennadiy Dyakin (190)
4. Boris Gubin (189)
5. Anna Yasko (189)
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rare birds records


Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)

© Anna Yasko
2017-10-02
Aktau, Mangystau region

The new species of the fauna of Kazakhstan. Eyebrowed Thrush is distributed from the east of Western Siberia (approximately to the line of Tomsk) to the Pacific Ocean. Vagrants were recorded in Western Europe.


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2017-10-05
Korgalzhin v.

The second record in Kurgaldzhinho. Three birds were observed. The first bird was recorded on Kulanotpes river on September 29th 1960. (Krivitsky et al, 1985).


Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)

© Mark Pestov
2017-05-13
Southern Ustyurt

The second record of this species in Kazakhstan. Two birds were observed on trees near the railway junction Taigyr in the Karakiyan district of Mangystau region. In the latest research of birds of Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Peninsula Buzachi B.M. Gubin (2015) mentions the records of 31th August and 8th September 2010, when Patrick Palmen took the photos of the female bird in Fetisovo village.


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-07-24
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first evidence of the nesting this species on the Altai Tarbagatai Ridge in the Katon-Karagai National Park, where it was previously assumed to be Y.A. Kotukhov. He observed there a worried female bird on the mountain pass Burkhat (Starikov, 2006). First in breeding season for the territory of Kazakhstan it was noted on the Ivanovo Ridge in 1969, species later turned out to be common in the damp dark coniferous forest areas not only of Ivanovo, but also of the Lineysky ridge (Shcherbakov, 1974, 1978).

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recent video

2017-10-19. Grey Heron (Natali Kim), Masked Wagtail (Natali Kim).

2017-10-14. Common Chiffchaff (Anna Yasko), Sandwich Tern (Anna Yasko), Spotted Crake (Anna Yasko).

2017-09-22. Grey Plover (Yuriy Malkov).

2017-09-20. Dunlin (Askar Isabekov), Spotted Redshank (Natali Kim).

2017-08-23. Eurasian Curlew (Yuriy Malkov).

2017-08-21. Himalayan Vulture (Askar Isabekov).

2017-08-04. Common Kingfisher (Natali Kim).

2017-08-01. Red-backed Shrike (Yuriy Malkov).

2017-07-31. Chukar Partridge (Askar Isabekov), Common Sparrowhawk (Askar Isabekov).

2017-07-29. Broad-billed Sandpiper (Yuriy Malkov).

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unidentified birds


2017-10-20

Юрий Малков: Спасибо Анна,развеяли сомнения.Удалите пожалуйста.

2017-10-17

Анна Ясько: Альберт, есть ли фото, где видны пестрины на боках? Чисто визуально, я бы сказала, что это лесной конек: клюв довольно толстый и основание подклювья
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2017-10-15

Анна Ясько: Похож, только тот взрослый (и все же непонятно у него с цевками, неужели все же оперенные?). Может это та пара начудила? Шучу, но вдруг?

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