Red Book of Armenia - Animals | Հայաստանի Կարմիր գիրք's Journal

January 02, 2024

Summary of 2023

2023 is over, let me summarize some results:

We have 57 observers of Armenian Red Books species this year and these are top 10:

# name number of species
1 @kattenkwaad 39
2 @terrajanis 36
3 @loggi 32
4 @lucaboscain 29
5 @axelgosseries 17
6 @szymon_czyzewski 14
7 @cyathus 11
8 @iburyl 11
9 @biflab 9
10 @drilvonen 9

@kattenkwaad is the best observer of The Red Book birds: 37 red book species.

@kseniiamarianna is the best observer of The Red Book reptilia: 6 red book species.

@theo_fiedler is the best observer of The Red Book insecta: 6 red book species.

@karineavetisyan is the best observer of The Red Book mamalia: 2 red book species.

@vardanasatryan is the best (and the only) observer of The Red Book fish: Kura Barbel.

9 Armenian Red Book species were first observed on iNats:

lat name en name observer first observation
Anser anser Greylag Goose @kattenkwaad link
Passer hispaniolensis Spanish Sparrow @kattenkwaad link
Ablepharus chernovi Chernov's Skink @neymark link
Locustella luscinioides Savi's Warbler @loggi link
Barbus cyri Kura Barbel @vardanasatryan link
Pyrrhocorax graculus Yellow-billed Chough @beskhmelnitsyna link (id is yet to be confirmed)
Phengaris nausithous Dusky Large Blue @theo_fiedler link
Cygnus olor Mute Swan @terrajanis link
Crematogaster subdentata @cyathus link

Thank you all for such a productive year!

Posted on January 02, 2024 05:34 AM by iburyl iburyl | 1 comment | Leave a comment

November 30, 2023

Rare birds missing on iNats

Ladies and gentlemen,

@scops @kattenkwaad @terrajanis @loggi @opisska @lucaboscain @drilvonen @axelgosseries

You are the top iNats birdwatchers of Armenia, thus you might be interested...

I've collected the list of rare species, which are present in Armenian checklists on eBirds, but have no observations in Armenia on iNats. Here is the table:

Latin name English name Russian name Status Last location on eBird
Anser erythropus Lesser White-fronted Goose Пискулька Red Book Norashen Reserve (2019)
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan Лебедь-кликун Red Book M10, Gegharkunik Province (40.423, 45.106), Gegark'unik' (2023)
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon Свиязь Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Mergus serrator Red-breasted Merganser Средний крохаль Hayravank Monastery, Gegark'unik' (2019)
Phoenicopterus roseus Greater Flamingo Фламинго обыкновенный Red Book Masis - Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Podiceps grisegena Red-necked Grebe Серощёкая поганка Red Book AM-Armenia (40,5643,45,0139), Gegark'unik' (2017)
Crex crex Corn Crake Коростель Red Book Hors Conservation Area, Vajoc Dzor (39,86, 45,197), Vayoc Jor (2022)
Zapornia pusilla Baillon's Crake Погоныш-крошка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2019)
Pluvialis squatarola Black-bellied Plover Тулес Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Pluvialis apricaria European Golden Plover Золотистая ржанка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Anarhynchus leschenaultii Greater Sand-Plover Толстоклювый зуёк Red Book Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2016)
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew Большой кроншнеп Red Book Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2022)
Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit Малый веретенник Armash IBA, Ararat (2018)
Gallinago media Great Snipe Дупель Red Book Selim/Vardenyats Pass, Gegark'unik' (2023)
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone Камнешарка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Calidris falcinellus Broad-billed Sandpiper Грязовик Norashen (Նորաշեն) Reserve, Gegark'unik' (2023)
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull Малая чайка Yerevanyan Lake, Erevan (18 Nov 2023)
Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull Черноголовая чайка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull Клуша Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Accipiter badius Shikra Туркестанский тювик sevan national park, Gegark'unik' (2020)
Aegolius funereus Boreal Owl Мохноногий сыч Red Book Arthurs Aghveran Restort, Kotayk' (2022)
Dendrocopos leucotos White-backed Woodpecker Белоспинный дятел Lori Province (40.693, 44.771), Lorri (2014)
Falco vespertinus Red-footed Falcon Кобчик Red Book Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2022)
Lanius phoenicuroides Red-tailed Shrike Туркестанский жулан Gorayk, Syunik' (2019)
Hippolais icterina Icterine Warbler Зелёная пересмешка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Locustella fluviatilis River Warbler Речной сверчок Norashen (Նորաշեն) Reserve, Gegark'unik' (2000)
Locustella naevia Common Grasshopper Warbler Обыкновенный сверчок Road to Zedea, Vayoc Jor (2022)
Regulus ignicapilla Common Firecrest Красноголовый королёк Dilijan NP - Haghartsin Monastery Area, Tavuš (2019)
Luscinia luscinia Thrush Nightingale Восточный соловей Dilijan City Park, Tavuš (2023)
Ficedula albicollis Collared Flycatcher Мухоловка-белошейка Kapan, Syunik' (2023)
Oenanthe deserti Desert Wheatear Пустынная каменка Goris- Thatev, Armenië, Syunik' (2018)
Bucanetes mongolicus Mongolian Finch Монгольский снегирь Red Book Vedi Hills, Ararat (2015)

I hope that may inspire you to find some of them and add iNats observations as well!

And here is the list of species, which are present in the Red Book of Armenia, but have no observation neither on eBird nor on iNats:

Пустынная куропатка Ammoperdix griseogularis
Казарка краснозобая Branta ruficollis
Кречетка Vanellus gregarius
Дрофа Otis tarda
Курдистанская каменка Oenanthe xanthoprymna
Султанка Porphyrio porphyrio
Гусь белолобый Anser albifrons
Обыкновенный турпан Melanitta fusca
Стрепет Tetrax tetrax

And this list is not that hopeless - some of these species where found not that long ago in nearby areas (e.g. Ammoperdix griseogularis).

Posted on November 30, 2023 08:03 AM by iburyl iburyl | 6 comments | Leave a comment

November 25, 2023

New taxa for Insecta on iNats

Ladies and gentlemen,

@tomaaasv @karineavetisyan @artem @cyathus @drilvonen @hyacinthus @axelgosseries @lucaboscain @theo_fiedler @heinerziegler @ahospers @ohanjanyan

You are the top observers of the insects in Armenia, thus I would like to make you know...

Over the last several days I've worked with iNats curators to include a number of taxa, which are listed in the Red Book of Armenia, but were missing in the list of iNats known species.

This resulted in adding the following list of species:

Order Latin name
Coleoptera Chilotomus alexandri
Coleoptera Tanyproctus araxidis
Coleoptera Sphenoptera geghardica
Coleoptera Dorcadion gorbunovi
Coleoptera Trechus infuscatus
Coleoptera Baris mirifica
Coleoptera Deltomerus khnzoriani
Coleoptera Sphenoptera khnzoriani
Coleoptera Dorcadion kasikoporanum
Coleoptera Cortodera kaphanica
Coleoptera Anthaxia breviformis
Coleoptera Dorcadion semilucens
Coleoptera Agapanthia korostelevi
Coleoptera Glaphyrus caucasicus
Coleoptera Glaphyrus calvaster
Coleoptera Dorcadion cineriferum
Coleoptera Acmaeoderella pellitula
Coleoptera Duvalius yatsenkokhmelevskyi
Coleoptera Cteniopus persimilis
Coleoptera Anisoplia reitteriana
Coleoptera Adoretus rubenyani
Coleoptera Duvalius stepanavanensis
Coleoptera Tanyproctus vedicus
Coleoptera Poecilus festivus
Coleoptera Craspedostethus permodicus
Coleoptera Philomessor kalashiani
Hymenoptera Bombus alagesianus
Hymenoptera Myrmica ravasinii
Orthoptera Bradyporus dilatatus
Orthoptera Scotodrymadusa satunini

Being newly added species, they have no observations on iNats. If you happen to have observations, which can be related to those, you are welcome to add such.

That said, there are still several species in progress (e.g. Machimus erevanensis).

There is also a list of species, which is absent in GBIF taxa data base, which makes it very difficult to argue that they are accepted by worldwide scientific community. E.g. Cardiophorus araxicola, Lithurge fuscipenne, etc. Those are unlikely to be added to iNats any time soon.

Posted on November 25, 2023 05:30 AM by iburyl iburyl | 5 comments | Leave a comment

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