Armenia: Heaven for Bird Lovers
Armenia provides a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of bird species in their natural habitats. So, if you are a birdwatcher or want to witness Armenia’s wildlife, prepare for memorable adventures.
Where to Go?
Armenia’s rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes make it an ideal destination for bird-watching enthusiasts. Want to see a large variety of water birds, including grebes, cormorants, bitterns, swans, geese, ducks, pelicans, herons, gulls, rails, and crakes? Your number one destination would be Armash Ponds. Located in the Ararat region, Armash occupies a vast territory and is an important area where the birds land during mid-seasonal migrations. Did you know that Armenia is home to over 370 bird species, including several endangered species? In more mountainous regions, such as in Vayots Dzor and Syunik, you can see a wide variety of birds of prey and more. From the majestic eagles and falcons soaring over the high peaks of the mountains to the colorful bee-eaters and hoopoes flitting around, there are plenty of fascinating birds to spot in Armenia.
Note: If not venturing out on your own, you can join bird-watching tours to explore the country’s diverse bird life with experienced guides.
Armenia’s most popular bird-watching spots include the Lake Arpi National Park, the Dilijan National Park, and the Khosrov Forest State Reserve. These areas offer opportunities to see a wide variety of species, including the Caucasian grouse, the white-tailed eagle, and the bearded vulture. The slopes of Mt. Aragats are another great location to spot unique bird species. Wherever you go in Armenia, pay close attention and you will notice birds singing. Even in Noravank Monastery, if you look closely, you can find partridges and quails on the surrounding arid rocks.
With its stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity, Armenia offers a truly unforgettable bird-watching experience. So, pack your binoculars, grab your camera, and get ready to discover the fantastic world of birds in #TheHiddenTrack!
Credit photo: Manojit Dey