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The Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) needs attention in Iran

The Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) needs attention in Iran

BOI marks Eurasian Wryneck in red status and needs to take urgent action to secure the future of this species. 

The Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) is small but distinctive member of small Old World woodpeckers.Wrynecks are small sparrow-sized birds, appearing grayish brown overall, with brown and buff mottling. They have a contrasting dark band running down from the back of the head onto the back. They feed almost exclusively on ants and unlike other woodpeckers, are seen mainly on the ground, and do not often climb up vertical trunks or branches.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 June 2008 17:59 )

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Upper Lar valley

Upper Lar valley

The site comprises 20 km of the upper Lar valley in the high Alborz Mountains, from 2,450 m to peaks at 4,540 m. It lies above the Lar Dam, c.10-30 km upstream from the small town of Polur and c.40 km north-east of Tehran. The Lar is in the Caspian watershed, but at this point lies in a rain shadow and the area is relatively arid. For much of its length, the river meanders across a broad, flat-bottomed valley c.500-1,000 m wide. Habitats include a fast-flowing river with extensive shingle banks, patches of dense riverine Salix and Tamarix scrub (with a few trees up to 7-8 m high), small areas of natural wet meadow, open hillsides with steppic vegetation, a number of small, spring-fed alpine meadows in side valleys, and the high crags and summits of neighbouring peaks. There is grazing by sheep, goats and horses. The area was a regular bird-ringing site of the Department of the Environment's Ornithology Unit in the 1970s.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 June 2008 16:20 )

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Bird Photography in Iran

 

The avifauna of Iran includes a total of 527 species. Birds lead fascinating lives. With such a variety of species in Iran you can add beautiful photos to your collection. We’ll help you do that. Gallery coming soon...

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Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979. In general, Iran has an arid climate in which most of the relatively scant annual precipitation falls from October through April.

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