Birdwatching in Armenia

Found in the southern Caucasus, Armenia is a country that is home to numerous hidden natural treasures. The location of the country means that it contains a wide range of habitat types and this is reflected in the breadth of the birdlife that can be found here. You will be met upon arrival in Yerevan the capital city before being taken to your comfortable accommodation and the afternoon will be spent taking a tour of this fascinating and intriguing city. After breakfast you will travel to the Armash Fishponds with the hope of seeing various wading and waterfowl species, it is also a great site for Blue-cheeked Bee Eater. Following lunch you will travel to the spectacular Noravank Gorge, the ledges are a particularly good areas for Golden Eagle and Long-legged Buzzard before spending the night in Yeghegnadzor. The next day you will have the chance to explore Sisian Plateau with the aim of finding Steppe and Meadow specialist birds.  The following day you will travel to the high mountain Lake Sevan, the shallow waters are home to various waterbirds, all of whom have to be aware of the local nesting pair of Goshawk. The afternoon’s journey will include a stop at a local Gull Island to observe a colony of Armenia Gull. After enjoying a comfortable evening you will travel to Dilijan National Park to explore the forest with an emphasis on woodpeckers, warblers and flycatchers. Having enjoyed the National Park you will loop back around to Yerevan including a stop at the panoramic Hrazdan River Gorge with a chance of seeing Red-fronted Serin. After you have spent a further evening in the capital the next two days will be exploring the semi-desert gorges near the town of Vedi and Urtsasar. These areas are commonly visited by both Black and Griffin Vulture as well as a range of other desert specialist avian species. On day nine you will have the opportunity to visit the Yerevan Botanical Gardens, a beautiful area that can often be a rewarding spot when looking for Levant Sparrowhawk and Syrian Woodpecker. Your final day will be spent in Mount Aragats stopping on route to explore the forest which is the home of a number of raptor species. Once you reach a certain altitude you will go in search of various other alpine specialists before returning to enjoy your final night in Armenia. On your final morning you will be transferred back to the airport giving you a chance to reflect on your wonderful trip to Armenia.

Why we love this trip

  • The chance to visit Dilijan often referred to as ‘Little Switzerland’ by the locals due to its sweeping views.
  • Armenia encapsulates a range of habitat types and this is reflected in the wide array of wildlife.
  • Relatively unexplored in comparison to other countries in the region.
  • Thanks to its geographic location it is home to a plethora of bird species.
  • A wildlife rich country and there is a great chance that you will see a lot more than just the spectacular birdlife.
  • It is a country with a rich cultural history and you will have a chance to enjoy the Haghartsin Monastery.

Where

Armenia

When

11-days in May to June.

What to look for

Marbled Teal, White-headed Duck, Blue-cheeked Bee Eater, Paddyfield Warbler, Long-legged Buzzard, Persian Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel, White-throated Robin, Ortolan Bunting, Ruddy Shelduck, Armenian Gull, Syrian Woodpecker, Red-Breasted Flycatcher, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear and many more.

Please contact us for further details.

Reference: ZBT-BIA1, Supplement Codes: AT, F