Zambian birding safaris are mostly undertaken using three main different ways; through canoeing safaris, walking safaris or a birding drive in the park. Any of the three will give you a full experience and enjoyment of the abundant Zambian birdlife!
Zambia has water birds, fish-eaters, woodland species and migrants within its different habitats. There are three distinct living environments where birding lovers can enjoy the unspoiled scenery the country has to offer. The savanna grasslands and wetlands have high diversity of bird species. They have adapted to an amazing variety of habitats.The Kafue flats (Lochinvar National Park) and Bangweulu wetlands are the country’s most well-known bird sanctuaries. The Kasanka National Park is also famous for its annual fruit bats migration.
Lochinvar National Park is not well known for large Game animals. But it’s a popular Zambian Birding safaris destination. Lochinvar National Park boasts of over 420 bird species in its 428 square kilometers.The next time you are on a birding safari in Zambia or you want to know more about the birds of Zambia, put the Lonchivar national park in you diary.
Each year (November to December), the ripening ‘musuku’ and ‘mpundu’ fruits attract an estimated 10 million migrating fruit bats. They congregate on an area of the ‘mushitu’ forest due to the readily available wild fruits.
The Bangweulu wetland and the surrounding swamps form an important ecosystem for many species of migratory birds and support a diversity of water birds. The Bangweulu wetland consists of the Bangweulu Swamps, the Bangweulu floodplain and the Lake Bangweulu.
Lake Bangweulu is a beauty among the Zambian Lakes. In local language, 'Bangweulu' means 'The Place Where the Water Meets the Sky.' And it’s true when you look at the waters of Lake Bangweulu, the lake seems to be blending with the sky at the horizon.
Lake Bangweulu lies between Luapula and Northern Provinces of Zambia. The lake expands in size when its swamps and floodplains get flooded after the rainy season.
Different bird species have been recorded throughout Zambia. Species like the malachite king fisher, the common squacco, yellow billed egret, the secretary bird, the Wattled crane, folk tailed drongo, scrub robin, the horn bill, the arnot's chart and a host of other sun birds. This makes Zambian Birding safaris very rewarding experiences.
The country is home to more than 740 species of birds. 12 of these species are however threatened with extinction. This is mostly due to encroachment on their natural habitat through the development of agriculture, homes, or businesses in the area.
And some bird species like, Shoebill Madagascar Chaplin’s Barbet, Lesser Flamingo, Great Snipe and Pallid Harrier are threatened.
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