The migration trends of birds within Southern Africa and the Lower Zambezi are fascinating, to say the least. Here are a few cool facts about these birds and what makes their habits and patterns special.
- They can cover large distances – This means crossing countries within the continent and even leaving one continent altogether.
- Temperature is a major factor that drives migration – A reduction in temperature means a reduction in insect activity, which means less food for birds. This creates a need for migration in search of food. Birds like the Red Back Shrike come and gorge themselves on up to 50% of their body weight before they return home.
- They’re able to find their way and remember it – Birds can use known landmarks and even the stars to navigate! They also remember past patterns and routes that have been passed down through generations.
- What triggers migration is the shortness of days – A pineal gland, sensitive to UV light lengths, senses the shortening of days, causing birds to change their behaviour. This results in birds of the same species acting similarly and migrating together. As the old saying goes, “birds of a feather flock together.”
- Some migrate for food and others migrate to breed – We have summer visitors and summer breeders. With the latter coming to have their young, migrating back with their chicks.
- Migration is important for breeding and genetic diversity – With these foreign visitors having chicks on our shores, this helps secure the future of each species that migrates.
- Migratory birds join us in the Lower Zambezi from as far as Russia and Denmark!
If you’re passionate about birding or simply dreaming of an authentic safari escape in the Lower Zambezi, Zambezi Grande is sure to provide the perfect setting and a lifetime of memories. Speak to our team about guided bird walks when you start planning your luxury safari today. Simply email our reservations team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you’ll be joining us soon.