The Ural mountain-range, or simply The Urals, is the longest mountain-range in Russia at over 2000 kilometres long. Spanning north to south through western Russia – the Urals are geographically significant as they form part of the conventional boundary between Asian and European Russia. At approximately 500 million years old, the Urals are some of the oldest mountains in the world and are remarkably high in elevation for a mountain range of such age. With the discovery of mineral resources, extraction began as early as the beginning of the 17th century and the Urals have been treasured highly since by the Russians.
A highly diverse terrain has led to a remarkably rich biodiversity, with habitats changing rapidly as we move from the central to northern Urals. Aside from searching for many species that are difficult on any world birders list, this tour has the added significance of falling within the boundaries of the Western Palearctic region. We will dedicate our time to finding a host of localized or otherwise difficult Western Palearctic species that include Black-throated Accentor, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Siberian Rubythroat, Red-flanked Bluetail, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Azure Tit, Grey-headed Chickadee, Lanceolated and River Warbler, Ural Owl, Western Capercaillie and White’s Thrush.
Black-throated Accentor, Eurasian Three-toed, Grey-headed, Black and White-backed Woodpeckers, Siberian Rubythroat, Red-flanked Bluetail, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Lanceolated and River Warblers, Ural, Eurasian Pygmy, Great Grey and Boreal Owls, Northern Hawk-Owl, Western Capercaillie, Great Snipe, Eurasian Woodcock, Oriental and Common Cuckoos, Icterine, Garden, Booted, Greenish and Yellow-browed Warblers, Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Thrush Nightingale, Bluethroat, Black-throated Thrush, Hazel, Black and Willow Grouse, Spotted Nutcracker, White-throated Dipper, Two-barred Crossbill, Azure Tit, Grey-headed Chickadee
Brown Bear, Sable, Grey Wolf, Eurasian Elk
coniferous taiga, marshes, rivers, mixed forest
pleasant days, cooler evenings
slow, undemanding walks, long days
spectacular scenery, geographically significant mountain range, historically rich area, gateway between Europe and Asia, ‘white nights’, pristine rivers