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
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
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.
Read more on the habitats of Zambia and their birds in the article: birdlife
For further information visit the following
Zambia (formerly known as ZOS) www.birdwatchzambia.org