Have you ever wished if you can fly around the world without the hassle of planes and luggage just to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and weather, either running from stress or seeking adventure? Meet the masters of flight and travel, the Migratory Birds! Curious to know more about these magnificent creatures? Then let’s fly with them and know more about the miracle of migration.
Migration is a seasonal movement of animals from one region to another, but why do birds migrate? Not to take a selfie with Eiffel tower for sure! Birds migrate for many different reasons, for instance; looking for better living conditions, alternative food supply, safe nesting locations, and even better weather to raise their cute tiny chicks.
Starting from early October to late March, you will notice that bird sounds are higher than ever. Their continuous calls are not out of hunger, but simply it’s their special way to make sure that all the family is together and onboard. It’s similar to our excitement before road trips!
Migratory birds fly in different patterns, where some of them fly in a line formation, others fly solo. One of the famous – and most efficient – formations is the “ V “ shaped formation, while the leader is doing his leading job, the rest will enjoy catching the updraft to save their energy. Did you know that birds don’t get lost?! Yes, they have three ways navigation systems “Sorry google maps!” where they depend on the Sun, Stars positions, and the Magnetic Fields.
If you want to start a bird watching hobby, our zoo is a great place where different birds enjoy nesting in the various habitats. In 2017, our dynamic Conservation Team started a wild bird survey that aims to monitor migratory and local birds’ behaviors. They spotted some very rare species, and today, after 3 years of field trips and monitoring, we are extremely happy & proud to announce spotting 100 species. One interesting outcome is that the UAE is an increasingly attractive stop-off for many bird species, due to the increased level of care for the horticultural landscaping field and community awareness about biodiversity.
One species that caught our Conservation Team’s attention is the Red-wattled Lapwing. The Red-wattled Lapwing feels really comfortable nesting on the ground. Our team monitored him for several months and captured his behavior on time-lapse cameras. Have a look at his nesting journey at our zoo…Be careful Nest on board!
Contribute today in saving migratory birds by only keeping freshwater in a small container near your window. We will be thrilled to take you on a tour featuring the hottest spots for migratory birds in our zoo. Until we open again, stay safe.