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

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 - 8th - 19th August 2011, author Greg Roberts (added September 28, 2011)
(Ìstanbul, Birecik, Durnalik, Ala Daglar Mountains, southern coast)

Turkey 17th June - 2nd July 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Turkey - 2nd - 22nd September 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Turkey (south-west), 4th - 19th July 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Turkey - Southern Central, 26th May - 8th June 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Dalyan, Turkey, 10th - 24th May 2004, 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, 3rd - 20th August 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Turkey and Syria - 11th - 26th August 2007, author Sander Bot (added September 21, 2007)

Turkey - 23rd - 29th June 2003 (with photos of many western palearctic 'specials'), author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

South-west Turkey, 11th - 17th September 2007, author Neal Warnock (added October 22, 2007)

Turkey with Birdfinders - 28 May–11 June 2009, author Martin Tribe (added November 22, 2009)
(Turkey, Crimson-winged Finch, Dead Sea Sparrow, See-see Partridge, Pallid Scops-owl, Northern Bald Ibis)

Southern Turkey - May 9th - 23rd 2009, author John Gallagher (added May 29, 2009)
(Goksu Delta, Demircazik, Durnalik, Birecik, Tarsus/Seyhan Delta)

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)

Southern Central Turkey - April 2010, author Jonathan Hiley (added May 1, 2010)
(Goksu, Sultan, Demirkazik, Birecik)

Turkey - March 2006, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)

Turkey, April 2005, author Ivailo Nikolov (link created March 17, 2006)
(Turkey, Cappadocia, Anatolian platteau, Kaiseri, Goreme, Taurus Mountains, Aladaglar National Park)

Cukurbag and the Aladag Mountains, Turkey, author Ali Safak (added March 15, 2006)
(guided by Ali Safak)

Turkey - 3rd - 10th May 2014, author Graeme Pegram (link created June 4, 2014)
(Brown Fish Owl, Iraq Babbler, Caspian Snowcock and Radde's Accentor)

Turkey 17th-27th May 2007, author Peter Stronach (added June 3, 2007)
(Iraq Babbler, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and other turkish specialities)

Southern Turkey - 5th - 17th May 2012, author Igor Festari (link created June 21, 2012)

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)

South-west Turkey, May 2008, author Mike Waite (added July 11, 2008)
(new site for Olive-tree Warbler in SW Turkey)

South-central Turkey - March - April 2006, author John van der Woude (link created January 25, 2011)
(Akseki, Demirkazik, Adana delta, Göksu delta)

Turkey - July 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added January 21, 2005)
(with photos of Pallid Scops Owl, Eatern Rock Nuthatch, Cinerous Bunting, Desert Finch and Snowfinch)

Turkey - South East, author Paul Wetton (link created February 5, 2005)
(Turkey, Bald Ibis, Desert Finch, Rufous Bush Robin, White Backed Woodpecker)

Istanbul, Turkey - August 2013, author Oscar Campbell (link created February 3, 2014)
(Buyuk Camlica raptor watchpoint)

Western Anatolia, Turkey - 3rd - 4th December 2011, author Graham Talbot (link created December 4, 2012)
(Uludag National Park, Manyas Golu, Krupers Nuthatch)

Birecik, Turkey - 14th -16th January 2011, author Graham Talbot (link created December 4, 2012)
(Iraq Babbler)

Turkey - June 28th - July 22nd 2006, author Tom Goossens (added December 30, 2006)
(Akseki, Goksu Delta, Durnalik, Birecik, Iraq Babbler, Tatvan, Van, Sivrikaya, Sultan Marshes)

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)

Southern Turkey - 19th July - 2nd August 2012, author Ian Broadbent (link created August 4, 2012)
(Highlights included Brown Fish Owl, Krupers Nuthatch and White-throated Kingfisher)

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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