Category: Iran Birds

The Most Interesting Bird Species in Iran

Based on the latest listings Iran possesses 550 bird species; 70 percent of them are migrating, or they come to Iran in the winter, or they come in the summer for breeding.   The following list is a list of bird species in Iran that are the most interesting for watching; Macqueen’s Bustard, Iranian Ground Jay,  Caspian Tit, Black-headed Penduline Tit, Sind Woodpecker, Caspian Snowcock, See-see Partridge,  Eastern Rock Nuthatch,…

MacQueen’s Bustard

MacQueen's Bustard It is a large bird that living mainly on dry or sandy steppes. Macqueen’s Bustard will be found in the plains and desert areas of the center to the east of Iran, which are low bushes. Deserts and semi-deserts of southern Khorasan are some of the most important habitats of Bustard life. This species is very well adapted to desert life. Macqueen’s Bustard is an important species of…

Iranian Ground Jay (Podoces pleskei)

Iranian Ground Jay Iranian Ground Jay or Pleske's Ground Jay is a species of bird that is desert color. It’s a rare bird and in the Corvidae family which is considered endangered species. Iranian Ground Jay lives only in the desert and semi-desert regions of eastern and southeast Iran, especially in Yazd, Semnan provinces, and Bardaskan of Khorasan Razavi province. Most observations are limited to Iran, therefore birders regard it…

Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caspius)

Caspian Snowcock Caspian Snowcock is considered a mountainous indicator of birds and threatened in Iran. It is often inhabited in mountainous areas with an altitude of about 1,800-3,000 meters. It adapts to the hard winters of the mountain and its habitat is limited to rocky and hilly mountainous areas. Caspian Snowcock was introduced by the Department of Environment in 2008 as a symbol of the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province. This…

Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Hypocolius It is the sole member of the genus Hypocolius and there is only one type of bird species in this family. The gray hypocolius is found in the Middle East. It breeds in Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan and it winters around the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the coasts of Saudi Arabia. It lives in brush and scrub areas. It has a long tail and a small bill.…

The Crab-plover, a suburb of southern Iran

The Crab-plover The Crab-plover (Dromas ardeola) is a bird related to the waders. It is endemic to Iran and is lived in the Mangrove Area of the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. Crab plovers are tame, noisy birds about 40 cm long. They flock on beaches and reefs, where they hunt mollusks and crabs, The Crab-plovers live on mud, sand, coral, and lagoon shores and in the tunnels they have…

Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron The Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) is a small heron and in size and shape it is almost like a Squacco Heron but during the breeding season, feathers are different from Squacco Heron. It is breeding in southern Iran. They are usually silent but may make a harsh croak in alarm when flushed or near their nests. Their camouflage is so excellent that they can be approached…

Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis)

Black-bellied Sandgrouse The black-bellied sandgrouse is 33–39 cm. The male has a grey head, neck, and breast. The underparts are black and the upperparts are golden-brown with darker markings. There is a thin black border around the lower breast and a chestnut throat patch. The female has browner, more finely marked upperparts, including the head and the breast. The underparts and breast band are identical to the male. Black-bellied Sandgrouse…