Bird Tour in Gobi & Altai
The Gobi Desert is a large desert region in Asia. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the west, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. An average of approximately 194 millimetres (7.6 in) of rain falls annually in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes. The climate of the Gobi is one of great extremes, combined with rapid changes of temperature of as much as 35 °C (63 °F). These can occur not only seasonally but within 24 hours.
There are small to large saline lakes including Taatsiin Tagaan Lake, Boon Tsagaan Lake and Orog Lake. These are prime birding location for the Gobi relict gull etc. Key bird species are Altai snowcock, Bearded vulture, Pallas’s sandgrouse, Mongolian ground-jay, Saxual sparrow, lesser whitethroat, Asian desert warbler, white-throated bushchat, rufous-streaked accentor, brown accentor and etc.