Iran Bird watching Tour

Avian Adventures: Iran's Spectacular Birdwatching Tour

The Iran Birdwatching Tour offers a breathtaking journey through diverse landscapes, from the arid slopes of the Alborz Mountains to the lush Caspian lowlands and the stark beauty of the Touran Wildlife Refuge. Highlights include the chance to spot rare species like the Caspian Tit and Pleske’s Ground Jay, alongside the Asiatic Wild Ass. Expert guidance enhances the experience, making it a must for bird enthusiasts. The tour blends scenic drives with rich birdwatching opportunities, immersing Iran’s unique ecosystems and wildlife.

9 Days



DAY 1: Arrival in Tehran

Upon your arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), Tehran, our tour guide will warmly greet you. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel for some much-needed rest.

Overnight: Hotel in Tehran

DAY 2: Tehran to Chalus

Embark on a scenic drive from the arid slopes of the Alborz Mountains to the verdant forests of the northern Caspian region. This journey offers a chance to spot diverse birdlife, including Common Kestrels, European Bee-eaters, and Eurasian Magpies. Descending to the Caspian lowlands, we’ll explore the unique bird habitats before reaching Chalus, a charming Caspian resort town, for a three-night stay.

Overnight: Hotel in Chalus

DAY 3: Exploring Chalus

Our exploration of the Caspian region continues in the Chalus Area, featuring forest patches, farmland, and landscapes reminiscent of the English countryside. Here, we’ll seek birds like the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Pheasant, and the rare Caspian Tit. The day promises a rich birdwatching experience in this unique ecosystem.

Overnight: Hotel in Chalus

DAY 4: Chalus to Gorgan

We journey east to Gorgan, with a detour to the Miankaleh Wildlife Refuge. This area is a haven for bird enthusiasts, featuring species like Black-headed Penduline Tits and Western Marsh Harriers. The Miankaleh Peninsula also offers a glimpse of waterbirds such as Black-necked Grebes and Pied Avocets.

DAY 5: Gorgan to Turkmen Sahra

Today’s adventure takes us to the Turkoman Steppes. Here, we’ll explore small lakes known for Black-headed Penduline Tits and encounter birds like Little Bitterns and Red-headed Buntings. As we traverse the eastern Alborz Mountains, the arid landscapes of Iran’s interior unfold, leading us to Shahrud for an overnight stay.

Overnight: Local House

DAY 6: Touran Wildlife Refuge

We delve into Iran’s largest reserve, the Touran Wildlife Refuge, spanning diverse semi-desert and desert habitats. Our quest includes spotting the elusive Pleske’s Ground Jay and other desert-adapted birds. The reserve also offers a chance to see the Asiatic Wild Ass.

Overnight: Local House

DAY 7: Another Day in Touran Wildlife Refuge

Continuing our exploration, we’ll look for Egyptian Vultures, Cream-coloured Coursers, and the majestic. Migrant birds and the diverse wildlife of Touran add to today’s rich natural experience.

Overnight: Local House

DAY 8: Dasht-e-Kavir to Tehran

We journey back to Tehran, traversing the northern edge of the Dasht-e-Kavir. En route, we’ll pause to observe migrant birds in this vast desert landscape.

Overnight: Hotel in Tehran

DAY 9: Departure from Tehran

On your final day, our tour guide will ensure a smooth transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport, aligning with your flight schedule. This marks the end of your memorable journey through Iran’s diverse landscapes and rich birdlife.

What is Birdwatching?

Birdwatching, or birding, is the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It involves watching birds in their natural habitat, which can be done with the naked eye or through visual enhancement devices like binoculars and telescopes. Birdwatching sometimes also involves listening to bird sounds, especially for identifying different species. It’s a way to enjoy nature, learn about bird behaviors and species, and sometimes contribute to understanding bird populations and conservation efforts.

Iran’s diverse climates and habitats, from the Alborz and Zagros mountains to the Caspian Sea coastlines, deserts, and forests, offer unique birdwatching opportunities. The country is a hotspot for bird diversity, hosting rare and endemic species.

Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) are ideal for birdwatching in Iran. These seasons witness the migration of many species, making it a perfect time for observation.

Basic birdwatching equipment includes binoculars, a field guide to identify different species, comfortable clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. A notebook or a smartphone app can be useful for recording sightings.

Absolutely. Birdwatching tours in Iran cater to all levels of expertise, from beginners to seasoned birders. Guides provide insights into locating and identifying species, making it a learning experience for everyone.

Yes, respecting wildlife and habitats is paramount. This includes maintaining a safe distance from birds, not disturbing their nests, and following local conservation rules.

Research the area you’ll be visiting, the types of birds you might see, and the weather conditions. Packing essentials include water, snacks, sun protection, and possibly a first aid kit, alongside your birdwatching gear.

For some protected areas, you might need a permit or to be part of a guided tour. Always check the requirements before planning your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions About Birdwatching in Iran

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