Ornithologically speaking Zambia has numbers similar to South Africa’s record and it is a much smaller country. A whooping 741 species have been recorded so far! It’s a birders' paradise! In one game park you can log at least four hundred species, for those in the know.
The common sightings include doves, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos owls, nightjars, kingfishers, hornbills and the broad-billed roller, barbets, honey guides, woodpeckers, swallows, the fork-tailed drongo and flycatchers, red-necked falcon, crested guinea fowl, African broadbill, black-breasted snake eagle, and the lesser spotted eagle.
In Zambia birds are found in all national parks . One park, Lochinvar, is special. It is specifically a sanctuary located in the Kafue Flat near a park of the same name. More than 401 species have been recorded there.
Another is South Luangwa National Park. This park is home to over four hundred different species including forty raptors. The air is full of birds’ sounds most of the time. Experts have guaranteed that in a single day’s visit it is possible to ‘log’ at least one hundred varieties. Among the spectacular bird species you can observe are Crested Cranes, Saddle-Bill Storks, Egrets, Wood Ibis and vultures.
The other is Bangweulu Floodplains. The less common ones in this region are only seen when they come to roost and breed here. One of such rare one is the shoebill stork which mingles among the endemic black lechwe antelope only found in Zambia.
Yet another is Nyika Plateau, a highland area with excellent birds and awesome views. Then there is Kasanka a small park with superb birding and fishing.
If you're specifically interested in Ornithology visit birds of Zambia page.
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