A country with such huge differences in its habitats and climate can make a perfect
haven for wild birds. Iran is an exceptional destination that can present more than
517 species for an avid birder. Although Pleske's Ground Jay is the only true endemic
specie, but there also exists some very near to endemic birds like Caspian tit,
Red-tailed wheatear, Sind-Pied woodpecker, and Caspian snowcock.
With 105 important bird areas (IBA's) in the list of Bird Life International community,
hundred lakes and wetlands, unique Hyrcanian forest, high 4000m mountainous habitats,
steppe like and sandy dunes deserts and vast semi-tropical mangrove forests; there
are more than 50 endangered or critically endangered species barely can reach in
any other middle Eastern country .
We use the knowledgeable bird watching tour
guides to ground handle
our group and tailor-made tours in different important birding areas of country
including the protected areas and wildlife refuges.
Here is a sample itinerary covering semi-arid lands inside Touran National Park
where one can see Pleske's Ground Jay, Desert warbler and some other important species
coupled with days in Parvar wildlife refigures. Parvar is one of the best places
to see new splited specie of Caspian tit. From 3000 meters up to the mountains of
Parvar we also can make out brilliant Caspian snowcock.
9 Days Birdwatching Tour Of Iran
DAY 01: ARRIVAL TEHRAN
Arrival at Tehran’s IKA Airport; meet and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 02: TEHRAN - SEMNAN
Drive to Semnan (240km); overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: SEMNAN/EXCURSION TO PARVAR
Drive to Parvar protected area (80km) for birdwatching; late afternoon drive back to Semnan; overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: SEMNAN/EXCURSION
Excursion to Molla- Deh and Roudbarak areas for birdwatching in more hight-altitude habitats; afternoon drive back to Semnan; overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05: SEMNAN - TOURAN NATIONAL PARK
Morning drive to Touran National Park (330km) located in northern parts of Dasht-e kavir desert, where we stay for 3 nights; overnight stay at local house..
DAY 06: TOURAN NATIONAL PARK
Full day wildlife-watching in Touran National Park. Today we mainly look for Pleskes Ground Jay (Podoces pleskei)
which is endemic to Iran deserts; overnight stay at local house.
DAY 07: TOURAN NATIONAL PARK
Full day wildlife-watching in Touran National Park looking for some of the rare species of birds and mammals like Persian Wild Ass; overnight stay at local
DAY 08: TOURAN NATIONAL PARK - TEHRAN
Drive to Tehran (520 km); afternoon free time for rest and shopping; overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09: TEHRAN - DEPARTURE
Transfer to IKA airport for departure flight.