Mongolia | Bird Holidays Worldwide | Mongolia Tour

Bird Holidays is one of the UK’s leading birdwatching and wildlife tour operators. Established in 1991, we have many years of experience in organizing exciting trips to all corners of the globe.

Mongolia is a superb birding destination, and one which conjures up visions of the past: Mongol hordes rampaging across the plains, led by the great warrior leader Genghis Khan. Even today, once away from the capital, you will get the feeling that you have stepped back in time. Mongolia, the ‘land of blue sky’, is where the great Siberian forest meets rolling steppe and the vast Gobi desert. It is one of the last unspoilt travel destinations in Asia. Low population densities mean that we will encounter extensive uninhabited tracts of grassland, desert and mountain. Harsh winters, wind and sun have sculpted an incomparable landscape of open sweeping plains and jagged mountain ranges.

Mongolia is a huge landlocked country covering an area twelve times the size of Great Britain. It is home to over 440 species of birds which include globally scarce species such as Swan Goose, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, White-naped Crane, Altai Snowcock, Oriental Plover, Henderson’s Ground Jay and Saxaul Sparrow. Raptors are plentiful in this vast country, with good populations of Lammergeier, Black Vulture, Upland Buzzard and Saker Falcon.

As well as staying in the modern day capital of Ulan Bator, this holiday will explore two key areas of the country. To the north-east of the capital lie the Khentii Mountains, the highest mountain range in eastern Mongolia. Here, at the southern end of the vast Siberian taiga, are mountains containing stands of beautiful larch and birch forest. These are the breeding grounds of Pallas’s Warblers and Red-flanked Bluetails as well as home to the sought after Black-billed Capercaillie, Hazelhen and Black Grouse. In the south of the country we will visit the Gobi Desert where a wonderfully green desert steppe stretches as far as the eye can see. Our journey will take us to ancient Saxaul forests, into the mountains of the Gobi Altai and beyond to the high desert sand dunes which seemingly stretch for ever across the desert.

Top Five Birds

  1. Saker Falcon
  2. Wallcreeper
  3. Pallas Sandgrouse
  4. Blackbilled Capercailiie
  5. Mongolian Ground Jay


At Terra Incognita we support tours that do good in the world. They must help to conserve the environment, support local people, and educate their guests. Here’s what John McLoughlin from Bird Holidays Worldwide said to us…

What conservation activities do you support through the tour, and your wider operations?

Carbon emission offset in Ecuador – 20,000 trees planted in Ecuador to offset your carbon dioxide emissions. We have also supported the OSME arabic bird app.

How does the tour support local people?

Seasonal employment in remote areas of the country.

What type of environmental education activities do you incorporate into your tour?

Sustainable tourism the effects of global warming in seasonal grazing and its conflicts with livestock herding.


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