Ardenis - Lake Arpi Trail

Geographically, it is situated in the very north-west of Armenia occupying the Ashotsk (Javakhq) Plateau. The trail spans elevations of 2030 – 2105 m above sea level and includes Lake Arpi - the only largest water body (2200 ha) in the Plateau, part of which has been recently designated as Lake Arpi National Park.

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White-Winged Snowfinch

White-winged Snowfinch

Montifringilla nivalis

Length: 17 cm, Wing Span: 34-38 cm

General description: Long-winged bird, larger than a sparrow, with white panels on wings and tail. It has brown upperparts and gray head. Black primaries contrast with white innerwing in flight.

Abundance and habitat: Year-round resident, uncommon.

Occurs on high mountain slopes with meadows and rocky areas. Uses grass and fiber to build cup-shaped nests in rock crevices or holes.

Food: Mainly seeds, small invertebrates.

Status: Protected by the RA law on fauna.

 

External links:

Wiki:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-winged_snowfinch

BirdLife: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=8395

Birdpedia:  http://www.birdpedia.com/au/bi.dll/bipu02?m=006&id505=M000009016

 


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    How to reach From Gyumri go north on the M1 highway toward Georgia for 41km. Just pass the village Ghazanchi, turn to the west toward the village Ardenis. Drive west through the village Ardenis for 15km to reach Arpi lake.

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