CONSERVATION

GOLDCREST IS ANOTHER
CANDIDATE FOR RED BOOK

Goldcrest. Photo: M. Cirillo

Understanding that Goldcrest breeds in Armenia and not just visit it in winter, completely changes approach to its conservation.

Understanding that Goldcrest breeds in Armenia and not just visit it in winter, completely changes approach to its conservation.

Godcrest is the tiniest bird that lives in Armenia was thought to visit the country only on passage and in winter. But recent investigations show that the species most likely to be breed in the country. The identified breeding areas are located in Lori province, primarily in the botanical gardens, full of coniferous trees, which are essential for this species. It means that Goldcrests inhabit an area of couple of tens of hectares, and thus, their conservation status should be revised and the species should be included in the next edition of Red Data Book of Armenia.

Godcrest is the tiniest bird that lives in Armenia was thought to visit the country only on passage and in winter. But recent investigations show that the species most likely to be breed in the country. The identified breeding areas are located in Lori province, primarily in the botanical gardens, full of coniferous trees, which are essential for this species. It means that Goldcrests inhabit an area of couple of tens of hectares, and thus, their conservation status should be revised and the species should be included in the next edition of Red Data Book of Armenia.

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Goldcrest. Photo: D. Ayres

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Habitat of Goldcrest in Lori province. Photo: G. Khanamirian

Goldcrest. Photo: D. Ayres.

Habitat of Goldcrest in Lori province. Photo: G. Khanamirian

During two years of investigations we have found two populations of Goldcrest, which have been singing in the spring-summer period. So far, the nest is not found, but the existing facts are already suggest the breeding of the Goldcrest in the country. We plan to continue the study, however, until confirmation of the breeding status, it is worth to treat the Goldcrest as Data Deficient species.

 

Such finding would not only change approach to the conservation of the Goldcrest, but also will stipulate better protection of botanical gardens in the north of Armenia.

 

By Karen Aghababyan, February 2020. 

During two years of investigations we have found two populations of Goldcrest, which have been singing in the spring-summer period. So far, the nest is not found, but the existing facts are already suggest the breeding of the Goldcrest in the country. We plan to continue the study, however, until confirmation of the breeding status, it is worth to treat the Goldcrest as Data Deficient species.

Such finding would not only change approach to the conservation of the Goldcrest, but also will stipulate better protection of botanical gardens in the north of Armenia.

By Karen Aghababyan, February 2020.

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