Turkey, a country the size of Texas, is a spectacular birding and cultural tours destination. This fascinating nation boasts an ancient history, from even before centuries of Greek Roman and Byzantine domination, through the 500-year Ottoman Empire and into the modern era. Needless to say, with such a pedigree the country holds some very impressive archaeological and cultural sites. However, it is the birds that are of primary interest as here, at the eastern limits of the Western Palearctic, including some very special and seldom-seen species such as Caucasian Chiffchaff, Green Warbler, Mongolian Finch and Grey-headed Bunting.
Turkey is blessed with a distinctive, diverse habitat that supports a wide array of wildlife, including forests, steppes and wetlands. Located along a major bird migration route between Europe and Africa, the widespread availability of marshlands makes Turkey a prime spot for birdwatching.
Many species can be observed flying over the Bosporus Strait, such as eagles, hawks, falcons, buzzards, ibises and both white and black storks. The season for birdwatching extends from April through to November, with the best time to see indigenous and reproducing species being between April and June. Over 460 species, including 330 breeding birds, can be seen around the country. Certain species at risk of extinction, such as the Marbled Teal, Dalmatian Pelican, Greater Spotted Eagle and Sociable Plover can also be seen.
The many Western Palearctic target species will include Caspian Snowcock, See-see Partridge, Red-wattled Lapwing, Striated Scops-owl, Persian Nuthatch, Upcher’s and Ménétries’s Warblers, Iraq Babbler, White-throated Robin, Red-tailed (Kurdish) Wheatear, Radde’s Accentor, Grey-hooded Bunting, Mongolian Finch and Chestnut-shouldered Petronia.
White-throated Robin © Colin Stephens
Showing the 41 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
Turkey - a family holiday to Olu Deniz area - 19th August -1st September 2008, author Garry Richard Bagnell (link created September 5, 2008)
(Seki, Hisaronu, Dalyan, Koycegiz Golu, Korkuteli, White-throated Robin, Red-fronted Serin, White-breasted Kingfisher)
Turkey - Southern Central, 26th May - 8th June 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)
Southern and Eastern Turkey, June - July 2004
, author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 24, 2004)
((24 detailed locations with maps from an intensive 3-week birding trip - Rock Thrush header photo) )
Turkey - 23rd - 29th June 2003 (with photos of many western palearctic 'specials'), author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)
Central Southern Anatolia, Aladag and the Sultan marshes - Turkey, author Basar Safak (added May 13, 2014)
(Caspian Snowcock , Radde's Accentor, Crimson-winged Finch, Bimaculated Lark, Wallcreeper)
South West Turkey, April 9th- 16th 2007, author William Bowell (added June 1, 2007)
(South-west Turkey, White-throated Robin, Red-fronted Serin, Finsch's Wheatear, Dalmatian Pelican, White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant)
Turkey Photo Trip Report 5th-19th June 2009 by Peter Alfrey and Darryl Spittle, author Peter Alfrey (added July 9, 2009)
South West Turkey, October 2005, author William Bowell (link created July 7, 2006)
( South West Turkey, Dalmation Pelican, Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Spur-winged Lapwing, White-breasted Kingfisher, Finsch’s Wheatear, Sombre Tit, Kruper’s Nuthatch, Rock Nuthatch.)
South West Turkey, October 2005 by Trevor Williams, author William Bowell (added July 7, 2006)
Western Anatolia, Turkey - 3rd - 4th December 2011, author Graham Talbot (link created December 4, 2012)
(Uludag National Park, Manyas Golu, Krupers Nuthatch)
Turkey, Bosphorus migration - 14th - 19th September 2008, author Marc Van de walle (added December 23, 2008)
(Istanbul, raptor migration)
South-east Turkey - 5th June 2012 - 15th June 2012 , author Brian Clasper (added August 9, 2012)
(Specialities - Caspian Snowcock,Raddes accentor,White throated Robin......)
South-west Turkey - 19 July - 1st August 2016, author Felix Adams (added August 7, 2016)
(Kayakoy, Sogutkoy, Dalyan, White-throated Robin, Hoopoe, Red-fronted Serin, Serin, Eleonora's Falcon, Rüppell's Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush)
Turkey - Antalya – Gaziantep - 5th - 16th April 2008, author Marc Van de walle (added August 7, 2008)
Turkey - 9th - 30th July 2011, author Ruben Vlot (added August 10, 2011)
(Akseki, Aladag Mountains, Sivrikaya, Dogubayazit, Van Gölü, Nemrut Dagi, Birecik, Tarsus Delta, Göksu Delta, Oyampinar. We logged 255 species including Mongolian Finch, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters and Western Brown Fish Owl.)
Birdwatching in Cappadocia and South-Western Turkey, author Ivailo Nikolov (added April 18, 2005)
(Turkey, Cappadocia, Mediterranean)
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