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Ornithological Society - The society, in conjunction with
International, co-ordinates and sponsors academic research into the status
of Zambia’s birds. We maintain an authoritative database of Zambian bird
sightings and our publications include a field guide, Zambian checklists,
a monthly newsletter and annual bird report.
Birding Spots - accounts of 6 representative areas of Zambia.
of the habitat types occurring in Zambia are represented, but the choices
were made more for ease of access than comprehensive coverage. Many superb
areas have been omitted, purely because they are difficult to get to. Information
is provided on:
in Zambia - To a large extent Zambia’s avifauna is that of
Central African Plateau. The vegetation is principally miombo woodland,
bisected by grassy dambos along drainage lines. In some areas the miombo
woodland is replaced by other woodland types, dry forest or thicket. Along
watercourses there may be riparian forest, or in wetter areas in the north,
wet evergreen forest. Most of these habitats have a distinctive set of
in Zambia - Zambia fills a gap between Southern Africa
Eastern Africa, which are the parts most visited by tours. Only one species
is totally endemic to Zambia, the Chaplin's Barbet of fig trees in the
Kafue basin. The Blackcheeked Lovebird's breeding population is confined
to an area in SW Zambia, only stragglers reach neighbouring countries making
it a second virtual endemic....Zambia's ornithological riches lie
in the moist Central African woodland zone which here reaches the peak
of its development. In addition the large river systems with associated
lakes and wetlands draining both into the Zambezi and north into
the Congo system provide rich habitats.
South Luangwa National Park -
Over 400 species make South
Luangwa a birder's paradise. Sharp eyes will spot sacred ibis, saddle bill
and yellow bill storks, fish eagles, crested cranes and long-tailed starlings.
Search of a Latter Day Dodo - To the North of Zambia is a vast,
watery wilderness known
as the Bangweulu Swamp. The Bangweulu Swamp is the home of a prehistoric
looking bird that looks as if it is related to the extinct Dodo. This bird
is the Shoebill, the object of this expedition, and the imaginative name
of the island we were camped on. Another site on the Swamp.
National Parks - this site describes the various parks, with
the wildlife, and birdlife,
to be found at each one.
- Directory of Wetlands of International Importance - includes
information on all Zambia's
Ramsar designated sites, including:
Kafue Flats: Lochinvar &
Bangweulu Swamps: Chikuni
Report: Malawi and Zambia, July 10 - August 2, 1999 - by Jan
In July 1999 I spent more than three weeks in Malawi and the Luangwa Valley
in Zambia. The main objective of the trip was to see as many birds as possible.
The two major habitats we covered during our visit were (Brachystegia)
woodland and montane forests. We recorded 367 species during this time.
Report: Zambia, Namibia & Botswana - The Miombo, Mavunda
Mwinilunga and living deserts of Namibia. A Tropical
Birding Trip Report. 22 October – 12 November 2003. Zambia is curiously
underestimated as a birding destination despite a long list of selling
points: it has a high diversity of habitats, many localised species, stable
politics and reasonable infrastructure. This trip delivered a huge number
of birds, and we managed 505 species (including heards) in 20 days of birding.