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Mongolian Ground Jay catches the interest of foreign bird watchers

By M.ZOLJARGAL

 

Apart from only visiting and experiencing Mongolia’s historically significant sites, many tourists head to Mongolia for the sole purpose of watching the Mongolian Ground Jay, a very rare endemic species of bird in Mongolia. Most foreign bird watchers contact the Information Center for Tourists (ICT), located in the Erel Bank building (across the street from the Flower Center on Peace Avenue), to make reservations for bird watching tours.

Though the tour is mostly off-road and very challenging, bird watchers never step away from the adventure of a bird watching tour.

The greatest number of bird species ideal for watching, live in Mongolia’s Gobi desert. In detail, 240 species inhabit Govi Gurvan Saikhan mountain, while Ugii Lake offers bird watchers 140 species of bird. The majority of bird watching tourists are 40 years old  or older, and many are Japanese nationals according to the ICT.

One of the species attracting the most attention from bird watchers is, undoubtedly, the Mongolian Ground Jay. It is an endangered species, and experts around the world agree that this species only inhabits the Gobi desert.

The locals call the Mongolian Ground Jay “Gobi Magpie”. The bird is light tan with iridescent blue on its primary feathers. It has a long, curved beak and a black stripe on its forehead. It mostly lives at the foot of mountains, and near saxaul forests or thick bushes. It eats small lizards, grasshoppers, almonds and campanula.

Apart from the Mongolian Ground Jay, many bird watchers also come to see the distinct species of pigeon living near Ulaanbaatar and on the way to Melkhii Rock in Terelj.

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