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Welcome to Kazakhstan Birdtours the company for exciting and bird-filled tours of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has it all – birds, mammals, insects, flowers, fantastic scenery. Whatever your interest you'll find Kazakhstan an experience never to be forgotten, a place of outstanding natural beauty that never stops producing new surprises and delights.

If you want a chance to see some superb birds, including Ibisbill, Relict Gull, Pallas's Fish-eagle, Himalayan Snowcock, Pallas's Sandgrouse, Sociable Lapwing, White-winged Woodpecker, Pale-backed Pigeon, Black Lark, White-winged Lark, White-tailed Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-warbler, Azure Tit, Saxaul Sparrow and many other mountain and steppe specialities, set in a scene of mountains, wild flowers and clean air, then Kazakhstan Birdtours is the company for you.

We can arrange tours of any length to this fabulous country, organizing flights, internal transfers, food, accomodation and, of course, guiding services to the best sites.

New tour to Northwest Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Birdtours is delighted to announce a brand new tour to the northwest of Kazakhstan, an area to the west of the Ural River and within the Western Palearctic boundary. We will search for a number of species reaching the edge of their ranges including Demoiselle Crane, Black-winged Pratincole, Black and White-winged Larks, ‘Steppe’ Horned Lark, Sykes’s Warbler and Red-headed Bunting with also the possibility of Caspian Plover and Sociable Lapwing. This tour is run in with our friends at Birdfinders. Full details can be found here.

Here's some news from our 2017 northwest tour: photo gallery, species list and tour report. The photo gallery from our fabulous 2018 tour can be found here.

White-winged Lark


White 'Amur' Wagtail

During our Kazakhstan tour this year, the group led by Sveta discovered a Chinese (also known as Amur) White Wagtail Motacilla alba leucopsis on 21 May at a well near Kanshegel in the Taukum desert. This is the first record of this distinctive far eastern subspecies for Kazakhstan and the Kazakhstan ornithological authorities have already confirmed and accepted the record with the photographs published on birds.kz

According to Clements, the range of White Wagtail Motacilla alba leucopsis (Gould, 1838 – Chinese Wagtail) is C & E China (Qinghai E to Heilongjiang and W Zhejiang, S to N Guangxi and N Guangdong), Russian Far East (Amurland, Ussuriland), Korea and SW Japan (SW Honshu, N Kyushu); winters S Asia E from N India.

Kazakhstan, land of the Qazaqs, is situated between the Caspian Sea and the borders of western China. Positioned on the great Silk Route, it has an immense diversity of habitats ranging from large canyons to sand deserts, steppe to Spruce forests, mountains and huge lakes. The country has an area of 2,717,300sq km of which 47,500sq km is water. At its lowest point, Vpadina Kaundy, it is 132m below sea level; its highest point, Khan Tangiri Shyngy (Pik Khan-Tengri), is 6,995m above sea level.

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Dr Svetlana Ashby (nee Annenkova) is founder and principal tour leader of Kazakhstan Birdtours. Sveta is originally from Russia but has lived in Kazakhstan for over 25 years where she led scientific research in wildlife biology and was lecturer in environmental studies at the university in Almaty and has extensive knowledge of all aspects of Kazakhstan natural history and culture. She has birded widely around the world including Russia and other former Soviet Union countries, India, Africa, North, South and Central America and the Middle East. Her heart, however, is in Kazakhstan and she wants to share her love of this country with you.