BIRDS & THEIR HABITAT
- Read more on the habitats of Zambia and their
birds in the article birdlife
For a landlocked country dominated by a single biome, miombo woodland,
Zambia has a comparatively rich avifauna. To date, 753 species have
been recorded. Of this total, well over 600 species are residents or
Afrotropical migrants which breed here. About 100 are non-breeding
migrants or vagrants from the Palaearctic region and the remainder
comprise non-breeding Afrotropical migrants and vagrants. Zambia's only
true endemic species is the Zambian or Chaplin's Barbet, although
Black-cheeked Lovebird is virtually so and quite a number of other
species have the greater proportion of their range within Zambia. If
recognised as a valid species, the White-chested Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus
makawai) is endemic. The possibility of it being rediscovered cannot be
excluded, and is an exciting prospect for any birder.
Zambia contains the bulk of miombo woodland in
Africa, and is the best country to see Zambezian endemics, such as
Coppery-tailed Coucal, Boehm's Bee-eater, Arnot's Chat, Red-and-blue
Sunbird, Chestnut-mantled Sparrow-weaver and Bar-winged weaver, among
many others. It also has incredible wetlands, such as the Kafue Flats,
the Bangweulu Swamps and the Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park. It
is a key country for Shoebills and Wattled Cranes, and incredible
numbers of waders and ducks overwinter in these vast wetlands, and
breed in the wet months.
- Consult the checklist (see "Zambian Checklists")
the full range of species that can be seen.
- Sightings of interest should be sent to Frank
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