Question: What are migratory birds?
Answer: Migratory birds are those birds that move from one geographic region to another, typically on a seasonal basis. For example robins and doves are considered migratory because they are known to leave a habitat and return to it annually.
Many of us who are lucky enough to live along the migration routes often look with envy at the mass of birds rising up early at dawn, directing themselves south, or north, being able to complete, within days, their journey of a few thousands of kilometers to their destination.
The truth of the matter is that migration and nomadic existence is found among many other species. Each of them is interesting and exciting by itself. But the core reason for all is the same – the battle for survival. This is true for birds, for marine life as well as land-living creatures and human beings.
Read more about Migratory Birds:
|Birds without Boundaries
Why do birds migrate? How do birds navigate? Bird migration routes depend on topography of the land that forms the air currents which help birds rise high and glide hundreds of kilometres with minimum effort...go to this page...
|How do Birds Fly?
What allows birds to fly? Nature granted birds characteristics necessary for flight – hollow light bones, a variety of feathers that serve different functions, wings that provide a large surface area compared to their size and weight...go to this page...
|Passerines and Songbirds
Passerines, also referred to as perching birds, are small to medium sized birds that make up more than half of approximately 10000 bird species known to us today...go to this page...
|Roaming Passerines - Vocals
While all birds communicate, only some of them are granted the quality of vocals at a level that befits, what we call, song birds...go to this page...
|Murmuration of Starlings
Starlings are small to medium-sized song birds. Watch our video of a murmuration of starlings at twilight - a spectacular and fascinating phenomenon of collective behavior...go to this page...
|Birds of Prey
Different types of birds kill in order to eat. Some eat rodents; others eat fish, worms or other living creatures. However, birds that use their beaks in order to hunt are not necessarily ‘birds of prey’... go to this page...
See also Vultures of Gamla...
|Migratory Water Birds
Birds that prefer a water-based habitat share characteristics that enable them to adapt to such an environment. We look at sea birds, wading birds, shore birds and also problems that many of these birds pose for fish farms... go to this page...s
|Birding in Eilat
Many hundreds of millions of birds fly over this area annually. Among them are migratory passerines, wading birds and raptors. What is impressive is not only the number of birds, but also the variety of species that flies through...go to this page...
|Birding in Eilat - Volunteer Birders
A birding festival, held by the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature and the IBRCE, annually attracts bird lovers from around the world...go to this page...
|The Story of the Migratory Birds of Hula Valley
Man’s intervention with nature has a potential to improve life around the globe, but it can also cause damage that may affect our lives for years. The story of the swamps of Hula offers a clear example of how fragile nature is... go to this page...
Research on bird migration, and birds as a whole, crosses continents. It requires a great deal of resources, standardization, cooperation between countries and exchange of knowledge...go to this page...
|Collage of Birds
While collecting materials for this docuweb we stumbled upon a great variety of birds – many were migratory. We decided to create a collage that shows a mixture of some of the birds that we encountered and documented... view our collage...