birdwatching in Nakhchivan

Many birders consider Nakhchivan the highlight of a birdwatching trip to Azerbaijan for its many unique species. Birding here is also a great way to explore the region’s stunning landscapes.

birdwatchingin Nakhchivan

You’ll find visiting Nakhchivan as a birdwatcher hugely worthwhile. The landscape and feel of the place is very different. The region has a continental climate with cold winters and hot summers, and much of the central area is covered by orange-red steppe or semi-desert. The Araz river to the south marks a natural border with Iran, while the Lesser Caucasus Mountains tower across the north. It’s a big place but you can visit the key birdwatching sites in a few days. The region’s avifauna has more in common with eastern Turkey and north-western Iran than mainland Azerbaijan, and if you visit in May or early June especially you’ll see 10-12 species that you won’t see elsewhere in Azerbaijan, including Radde’s Accentor, Mongolian Finch, Trumpeter Finch, Grey-necked Bunting, Upchers Warbler, White-throated Robin, and See-see Partridge. 

Target species:

Mongolian Finch (Eremopsaltria mongolica) 
Grey-necked Bunting (Emberiza buchanani) 
Red-tailed wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia) 
White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 
Radde’s Accentor (Prunella ocularis)
See-see Partridge (Ammoperdix griseogularis) 
Upcher’s Warbler (Hippolais languida)
Pale Rock Sparrow (Carpospiza brachydactyla) 
Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculate) 
Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caspius) 
Eastern Rock Nuthatch (Sitta tephronata)

When to visit:

Late spring and early summer.

Where to stay:

Nakhchivan city, the region’s capital, is the best place to base yourself and has several good hotels: Tabriz Hotel (+994365447701), Hotel Grand Nakhchivan (+994365445930), Duzdag Hotel (+994365444901), and Saat Meydani Hotel (+994365457755).

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weather and season

Air temperature

Current:
32.2°C
Average:
19.8 – 34.9°C / 67.6–94.8°F

Feel temperature

Current:
31.3°C
Average:
19.6 – 37.2°C / 67.3–99.0°F

Wind

Current:
  • A t-storm late this afternoon
  • SE
  • speed 14.8 km/h

When to go

  • Peak Season:
  • All year round

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