Bird monitoring in the Dzungarian Gobi

The Institute of Biology at the National Academy of Sciences in Ulaanbaatar, the International Takhi Group, and the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area are working together to study the bird diversity of the Dzungarian Gobi. The purpose of the study is to determine the composition of bird species in the region, where little bird research has been done yet, and to assess the distribution and population of rare birds to enable the optimal management of bird protection in the Great Gobi B. During the first field study, we recorded more than 120 species and found quite a few birds that are widely distributed in Central Asia but rare in Mongolia like Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) and European bee-eater (Merops apiaster). In addition, many endangered birds were recorded like Altai snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus) and Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus).