Wildlife Holidays in Georgia

The Republic of Georgia is a sovereign state situated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, at the junction of eastern Europe and western Asia. It was a member state of the Soviet Union until independence in 1991.
The imposing Caucasus Mountains form a natural frontier between the vast Russian Federation to the north, and Georgia.

The Caucasus Mountains sweep from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, while the central region of Georgia is characterised by a distinctive steppe habitat. Forest, marsh-forest and swamp are among the country’s other habitats. It has a very diverse climate.

Naturetrek Tours to Georgia

Naturetrek offers a spring bird watching tour in search of the special montane species of the high Caucasus Mountains and the lowland birds of central Georgia’s steppe habitats.

What’s special about the wildlife?

Georgia is home to a large fauna. Its bird life is particularly interesting and it has over 330 bird species, including specialist birds of the Caucasus summits and steppe regions. The autumn raptor migration is one of great spectacles of the natural world. Over one million raptors pass over Georgia on their way south to their wintering grounds.

What might I see on this tour?

  • Great Rosefinch, Guldenstadt’s Redstart, Alpine Accentor, Mountain Chiffchaff & Snowfinch
  • Caucasian Snowcock & Caucasian Black Grouse
  • North-bound migrants such as Red-throated Pipit, Thrush Nightingale, Red-breasted Flycatcher & White-throated Robin
  • Grassland species such as Calandra Larks & Isabelline Wheatears
  • Wetland species birds including Pygmy Cormorant, plus Whiskered & White-winged Black Terns
  • The monastery of David Gareja & the Lori Valley

The autumn tour focuses on the raptor migration but also visits wetlands such as the Chorokhi Delta and Lake Paliastomi which hold an excellent range of migrants on land and water such as Red-necked, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes, Ferruginous Ducks, Night and Purple Herons, Black Storks, Black-winged Pratincoles, Grey-necked Swamphens, Spotted Crakes and Red-throated Pipits to name a few.

Our Specialist Recommends

"I recommend our Georgia's Raptor Spectacular tour to witness the astonishing sight of thousands of raptors passing overhead. Each autumn over a million birds of prey migrate from Russia to their wintering grounds in Africa, passing over Georgia as they are funnelled between the Caucasus mountains and the Black Sea."

Operations Manager - David Phillips

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