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This mountain lies to the north-west of Armenia's capital, Yerevan, and reaches more than than 4,000m.

It is an excellent area for montane species and the slopes around Lake Kari lower in the hills can also be productive.


Notable Species

Horned Lark, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper and Snow Finch occur in the more upland areas along with high-altitude specialities of the area such as Caspian Snowcock and Crimson-winged Finch. More widespread upland birds include both rock thrushes, Northern Wheatear and Ring Ouzel. Western Rock Nuthatch and Red-billed Chough are common.

Raptors are impressive and include Eastern Imperial Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle and Long-legged Buzzard in summer and Pallid Harrier and Steppe Eagle in autumn.

The lower slopes and scrub around Lake Kari hold more of the area's specialities such as Radde's Accentor and the skulking and elusive White-throated Robin. Lesser Grey Shrike also occurs as well as Black-eared Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler and Black-headed Bunting. More wooded areas are home to Mountain Chiffchaff, Golden Oriole and Syrian Woodpecker.


Birds you can see here include:

Short-toed Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Levant Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Kestrel, Lanner Falcon, Northern Hobby, Caspian Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Common Quail, Common Woodpigeon, European Turtle Dove, Common Cuckoo, Little Owl, Common Swift, Alpine Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Bimaculated Lark, Wood Lark, Eurasian Skylark, Horned Lark, Sand Martin, Northern House Martin, Tree Pipit, Water Pipit, Black-headed Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Common Dipper, Radde's Accentor, Alpine Accentor, Dunnock, Bluethroat, White-throated Robin, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Isabelline Wheatear, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Ring Ouzel, Cetti's Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Mountain Chiffchaff, Western Rock Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-billed Chough, Northern Raven, Rock Sparrow, White-winged Snow Finch, Twite, Crimson-winged Finch, Common Rosefinch, Rock Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Black-headed Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

This area is best explored via the road which leads up to Lake Kari and the weather station at more than 3,000m altitude.

Contact Details

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Content and images originally posted by Steve