Kyrgyzstan is located in the heart of Central Asia; the country is for the greater part mountainous area with a rich and unique flora and fauna. The country borders in the west to Uzbekistan, in the south to Tajikistan, in the north to Kazakhstan and in the east to China. It has a size of 200.000 km² and 90% of this is dominated by the Tien Shan en Pamir Alai Mountains with peaks above 7000 metres. The mountainous landscape is alternated with semi-deserts, beautiful mountain lakes, rich flowering alpine meadows and unique grass plateaus.
The avifauna of Kyrgyzstan is very diverse and has influences of Europe and Asia. It is possible to be watching Common Rosefinches and a single moment later you are spotting the illustrious Ibisbill.
Lammergeier, Eurasian Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture and Himalayan Griffon Vulture can all be found within an hour's drive of the capital. The nearby Ala Archa National Park, holds such delights as Little Bustard, Lesser Grey and Turkestan Shrike, Red-headed Bunting, Rose-coloured Starling, Masked Wagtail, White-crowned Penduline Tit, Azure Tit, Hume's Warbler and Red-fronted Serin. A walk along the Kemin River should produce Ibisbill.
Turkestan Shrike, copyright Steve Arlow
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Kyrgyzstan - July 2007 - with Central Asia Birding, author Machiel Valkenburg (added October 27, 2007)
(Son Kul, Yssyk Kol, Yellow-breasted Azure Tit, Güldenstädts Redstart, Pallas's Gull, Sykes' Warbler)
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