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 mostly follow the longitudinal lines of the globe. The location of the migration routes depends on the topography of the land that forms the air currents which help the birds rise high and glide hundreds of kilometers with minimum effort. Read More...
|How do Birds Fly?
We look at birds flying, often asking ourselves the basic question: What allows birds to fly? Nature granted birds the characteristics necessary for flight: hollow light bones, a variety of feathers that serve different functions during flight, wings that provide them with a large surface area compared to their size and weight, strong muscles and the ability to utilize them to fly. Read more...
|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. Read more...
|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, songbirds. Read more...
|Murmuration of Starlings
Starlings are small to medium-sized song birds that are classified within the Passerine suborder. In this page we look at a dance performed by a murmuration of starlings at twilight which is a spectacular and fascinating phenomenon of collective behavior. Read more...
|Birds of Prey
Many 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 do not necessarily fall into the category of ‘birds of prey’. Read more...
See also Vultures of Gamla...
|Migratory Water Birds
There are certain characteristics that are common among birds that prefer a water-based habitat. These characteristics can appear in some water birds while not in others. On the other hand, there are some water birds that will have them all. Read more...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. Read more...
|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. Read more...
|The Story of the Migratory Birds of Hula Valley
Man’s intervention with nature has a great potential to save and improve life around the globe, but at the same time can cause damage that may affect our lives for years, maybe generations, to come. Industrialization, urbanization, deforestation in the Amazon, are only a few examples. Read more...
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. Read more...
|Collage of Birds
While crossing the country collecting materials for this docuweb we stumbled upon a variety of birds – many of which were migratory. We decided to display a collage showing a mixture of the birds that we encountered, which represent only a fraction of what was seen and documented. Read more...