Mongolia is a meeting point for around 480 species of birds that mostly fly by on their way from the Indian and Pacific Oceans to the northern tundra, or the Arctic Ocean. So the migratory season, lasting from late May to mid-September, ensures the best birdwatching experience ever. The main attraction is really a variety of species due to vast land. Every natural habitat has its highlights. In the Gobi, there are desert warblers, ground jays, saxaul sparrows, houbara bustards, finches, sand grouses, and cinereous vultures. The highlands are populated with Altai snowcocks, ptarmigans, woodpeckers, owls, and lammergeyers. The steppes are inhabited by demoiselle cranes and black kites, hoopoes, steppe eagles, vultures, falcons, hawks, and owls. Finally, the wet areas around water basins are home to relict gulls, Dalmatian pelicans, bar-headed geese, and hooded cranes. Mongolian birdwatching hotspots include Hustai and Hugnu Khan National Parks, Yol Valley, and Ugii and Gun Galuutai Lakes.
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