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Climbing snow on the quest for mapping Caspian snowcock distribution in Iran

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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.

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Article about Caspian Snowcok / Ornithomedia
written by Bismuth David, October 27, 2010

I'm the redactor of, the leading French-speaking birding website, and we would be very interested in publishing an illustrated article about your research concerning the Caspian Snowcok in Iran; indeed this species and your country are very poor-known in Western Europe.

David Bismuth
Thank you for your interest in our efforts on Caspian Snowcock
written by Ali sadr, October 28, 2010
Thank you David for your interest, I’ll mail you regarding the details. I hope we at can contribute to your efforts.

Ali Sadr

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