Birdwatching in the Caucasus Mountains

The stunningly set mountain villages of Khinalig and Laza are great places for birders to see some of Azerbaijan’s most special bird species. Travel there for amazing birdwatching in the Caucasus Mountains.

birdwatching inLaza & Khinalig

birdwatching inthe Caucasus Mountains

Khinalig and Laza, located in the Guba and Gusar regions, are must-visit villages for their remote locations, rustic atmosphere and cultural and historical attractions. However, birders should also venture here to see a number of regionally special or endemic bird species. One of Azerbaijan’s most secluded settlements, Khinalig has an incredible hilltop location, hundreds of tightly packed stone houses and residents who speak one of the world’s rarest languages. In the sparsely vegetated terrain nearby you can look for such species as Caucasian Snowcock, Guldenstadt’s Redstart, Alpine Accentor, Rock Thrush and Lammergeier (or Bearded Vulture). Meanwhile, across the mountains in Laza village the stunning green-carpeted slopes surrounding the village are the perfect place to look for key local species like Caucasian Black Grouse, Great Rosefinch, Mountain Chiffchaff and other high alpine species. 

What to see:

Caucasian Grouse (Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi) 
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus) 
Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla)
Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)
Guldenstadt’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus) 
Mountain Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus sindianus) 
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)

When to visit

Late spring and summer. The very best time is mid to late May.

Where to stay:

There are a number of guesthouses and homestay options in both Khinalig and Laza.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

weather and season

Air temperature

Current:
22.4°C
Average:
17.6 – 24.1°C / 63.7–75.4°F

Feel temperature

Current:
22.1°C
Average:
16.8 – 26.1°C / 62.2–79.0°F

Wind

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

When to go

  • Peak Season:
  • All year round

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