The 5 Longest Bird Migrations
By Britta Foulis
On the 13th of May each year we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day – in honour of this day we thought to share with you the 5 longest bird migrations that happen each year. Enjoy!
The Sooty Shearwater
Named after the way their wings skim the water surface, these birds hold their wings stiffly and without any movement to glide low and at a top speed over the sea.
Credit: NZ Birds Online
Distance traveled: 64 000 km / 40 000 miles all the way from New Zealand, across North America and South America making their way past Antarctica and ending their journey in Africa.
This beautiful bird is famous for it’s migratory journey which covers two migrations a year!It flies each year all the way from the Arctic, where it breeds, to the Antarctic and back again.
Credit: National Geographic
Distance traveled: 33 000 km/ 20 000 miles from North America (Arctic) across Europe, Africa, South America and ending in Antarctica.
The Pectoral Sandpiper is a small, chunky bird that spends most of its life wading about in weedy areas. Males are known for their showy performances in breeding season and have large air filled sacs that they puff up to impress females.
Distance traveled:28 000 km / 17 000 miles from Asia (Siberia) across North & South America and ending their trip in Australia.
These uniquely patterned birds are known for the inverted “T” shape that features on the male’s tails.
Distance traveled: 18 000 km / 11 100 miles
The Short-tailed Shearwater is Australia’s most commonly found sea bird. These birds are known to feed their newborn chicks for only 2 or 3 days before leaving them for weeks on end to search for food, sometimes over 1 500 km away!
Distance traveled: 17 000 km / 10 000 miles
Read more about birding in Tanzania here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
More Wildlife & Conservation Articles
Leopard vs Cheetah : Can You Tell The Difference01 April 2020
How often do you mistake a leopard for a cheetah or vice versa? I’m sure we’v...
What’s the difference? National Parks, Game Reserves, and Conservancies in East Africa02 February 2020
To most of us, a national park, game reserve, or conservancy are all the same...
Electric Vehicles: The Future Of East African Safari Travel?12 January 2020
October 2019 saw the arrival of our first electric, solar-powered safari vehi...
Where To Go And What To Do In 2020: Our Top East African Safari Picks17 December 2019
As a new year begins, we are incredibly lucky to be able to look back at a ye...