Birds of the southern taiga of western Siberia -
song and habitat
in cooperation with Inez Brandsma (2)
and John van der Woude (3),
With help of
Evgeny Karachakov (1)
and Maria M. Samsonova (1)
With bird illustrations by David Khaidarov
Museum of Tomsk State University; (2)
Amsterdam, Holland; (3)
University; Zoological Museum of Moscow State University.
To review the
species by season,
For direct access to the species,
use index below.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Siberian Blue Robin
For a list of species
in Russian, click here (Acrobat
needed; in seasonal sequence).
However, on each species page the Russian name is also given.
"The power and the magic of
the taiga are based on the fact that only birds of passage know where
the centre of Eurasia, around the west-Siberian city of Tomsk, many bird species
occur which are rare in Europe, along with many
others which are more familiar. Tomsk, a city with one of the oldest universities in
Russia, is located in the southern taiga belt at around 56°N 85°E.
It is situated on the somewhat elevated southeast edge of the vast west-Siberian
lowlands behind the Urals. See location of Tomsk province on the
wikipedia map below.
This website (www.jvanderw.nl/tomskbirds;
first issued as cd-rom in 2006) presents sound recordings and habitat photographs of 58
bird species found in the distinctive habitats of this region. For
each species, there is
- a recording of the song and/or call (audio
player added Oct 2015)
- a photograph of its typical habitat
- a short text describing
this habitat and the species occurrence in the area
- a colour bird illustration (new on this website version).
The names of the bird species are given in scientific, English,
Russian and Dutch.
Long-tailed Rosefinch is the emblem of
the Zoological Museum of Tomsk State University.
Colour illustration by David Khaidarov.
Nearly half of the species presented
here are rare or uncommon in most parts of Europe, at least as
breeding birds. It is interesting to learn more about the songs and
habitats of these rarer birds in their breeding area. For the more
familiar species (often a different subspecies) it is interesting to compare the song and habitat with their counterparts in western Europe, around 5000 km
further to the west. Of course one can also just enjoy the sounds and
The species index on the left is in
systematic order. Alternatively one can also go through the seasons (click at 'start here' above
left; this is the date sequence of the recordings).
The sound recordings and photographs
of this website/cd-rom were made in the area by Sergey Gashkov of the
Zoological Museum of Tomsk State University.
Sergey had technical assistance from Evgeny Karachakov. Sergey's
material (a cd with photos, sounds and Russian text) was incidentally
brought from Tomsk by Inez Brandsma. John van der Woude and Inez
conceived the plan to publish a cd-rom in English (set up in html web
language already) and distribute it in Europe. Of this cd-rom (2006), over
120 were eventually taken by birders from allover Europe.
The preparation of the
website/cd-rom was as follows. Sergey's Russian text was translated by Inez Brandsma, and she also took care of all contacts with
Sergey. The website/cd-rom was designed and produced by John van der
John also helped with the translation into English. For the present website
version, Maria M. Samsonova of Tomsk State University partly
the English text based on the Russian text and her knowledge of
the matter. The bird illustrations by David Khaidarov were also made
at the Zoological Museum of Tomsk State University.
© Copyright of this website and all its content except the bird
illustrations: Sergey Gashkov. Contact
him at email: parusmajorl at gmail.com, or
in English or Dutch via:
i.e.brandsma at planet.nl. Use @ for ' at '.
© Copyright of the bird illustrations: David
Khaidarov. Contact him at davidson_avis at yahoo.com.
For general questions
about this website, email John van der Woude: johnbirding at
Sergey Gashkov in the field