Norashen

The area has also been declared a Ramsar site and recognized as a wetland of international importance.

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Armenian Gull

Armenian Gull

Larus armenicus

Length: 55-60 cm, Wing Span: 131-143 cm

General description: Dark eyes, yellow legs, and black subterminal bar on bill tip. During the breeding season shows an obvious red spot near the tip of lower mandible. Boasts long sharp wings meant for lengthy journeys. In flight, shows extensive black area on outerwing with one white patch on outermost primary. The legs are relatively short with complete or partial webs. Good swimmer and diver with thick “waterproof” feathers, usually colored white, grey and black.

Abundance and habitat:  Common species, Year-round resident.

The colonies breeding in the basins of Lakes Sevan and Arpi boast the largest in the entire Caucasus region. Also occurs in open water areas, along riverbeds.

Food: Wide variety of animals and plants. Often encountered in landfills in search of food.

Status: Species with vulnerable nesting grounds. Listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Armenia, categorized as vulnerable, protected by the RA law on fauna.

 

Links

Wiki:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_gull

BirdLife:   http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3228

Birdpedia:   http://www.birdpedia.com/au/bi.dll/bipu02?m=006&id505=M000003450

Red Data Book of Armenia:  http://www.mnp.am/red_book_fauna/arm/a293.html

 


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    How to reach From Yerevan take M4 highway drive 70km to north-east and you will reach the Norashen. The trip will take approximately 1 hour.

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