cutting snow on the quest for documenting breeding areas of Caspian SnowcockIn this trip to Northern Alborz and Central Alborz protected heights I tried to visually observe and mark breeding locations and late winter distribution of Caspian Snowcock(Tetraogallus caspius). one of the few rare birds native to Iran and its boarders. I was lucky to spot 4 but due to bad weather I couldn’t take any photos for this document.

Since the area looks promissing in number of Caspian snowcocks, possibilities are for documenting nestlings and breading areas this season. Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caspius), is a snowcock in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It is found in the mountains of eastern Turkey and Armenia (above Iran), and throughout the Alborz Mountains of Northern Iran (Northern Alborz Belt). It breeds at altitudes from 1800-3000 m on bare stony ground with some alpine scrub.

Caspian snowcock observations on Northern Alborz Mountains - IranIt nests in a bare ground scrape and lays 6-9 greenish eggs, which are incubated only by the female. It’s diet consists of seeds and vegetable matter. It forms small flocks when not breeding in late summer.