Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius, Каспийский улар, Վայրի հնդկահավ (ուլար)
Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species occupies Caucasus region of Eurasia, western and central Asia. Armenia is inhabited by subspeciesT. c. tauricus (Gmelin, 1784). In Armenian the species is distributed in alpine and subalpine habitat of the principal mountain ranges, occupying alpine meadows interspersed with rock outcroppings and talus and boulder-strewn slopes. Year-round resident. It breeds in the shelter of an overhanging roch, in crevices between boulders, or within a clump of Sheep’s Fescue (Festuca rupicola), having from 5 to 8 eggs in the clutch. The fledglings are observed in June-September. The food of the species is mainly ____________. Population dynamics: According to the last estimation, population of the species makes from 50 to 100 breeding pairs. Population trend during last ten years demonstrates______________. The most probable reasons are supposed to be ___________________________________.
Conservation Measures: At current the breeding populations of the species are protected in ______________. Parts of the breeding and migratory ranges are included in the Emerald Network, protected under Bern Convention. The proposed conservation measures include increase of Emerald Sites for protection of the species.