News Migratory Birds and Flyways

The Common Cuckoo prefers to let other birds do hard work © Vladimir Turkenich / Shutterstock

Here’s how 7 iconic migratory bird species spent...

Wed, 01/09/2021
Digging metre-long tunnels, luring away predators, stealing other bird’s nests… the breeding season is never dull for these seven bird species, which are now leaving Europe for the warmer climate of Africa.
For BirdLife, 2021 is "Year of the Dove" © BirdLife Europe / Flight for Survival

Do we hear the SOS of the European Turtle-dove?

Tue, 10/08/2021
The European Turtle-dove - a familiar and beloved bird widespread in culture and folklore - is now Vulnerable to extinction. But not everyone is listening to its cry for help. Discover the threats it faces and the action underway to protect it in our free webinar on Wednesday 11th August, 14:30 CET.
Black Storks are currently raising their chicks on the Latvian Fund for Nature's nest cam

6 great nest cams you should watch this summer

Fri, 25/06/2021
This year, the topic of our Spring Alive children’s education programme is how to keep birds’ nests safe. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t need to be anywhere near nests to observe the birds that live in them. Web cameras can offer a glimpse into the secret lives of birds wherever you are in the world.
The enigmatic Sociable Lapwing has been the focus of international research and conservation efforts since 2005 © Rob Sheldon

Global research uncovers mysteries of rare...

Wed, 16/06/2021
Thanks to extensive research over the last 15 years, the Sociable Lapwing has gone from one of the world’s more obscure waders to one of its most studied, and it is now widely regarded as a flagship species for the conservation of the Central Asian steppes. We take a look at the work that has uncovered its mysteries and begun to conserve it.
Eurasian Spoonbills observed at the Ribeira de Vinha waste water treatment plant © Biosfera

Cabo Verde waste water treatment plant is...

Mon, 14/06/2021
Researchers in Cabo Verde have discovered that a waste water treatment plant is an important stopover site for migrating birds, reminding us that there is still so much left to learn about this African archipelago. Find out how the Biosfera team are working to conserve this artificial wetland.
© Getbol World Heritage Promotion Team

Why the Korean Getbol tidal flats need World...

Fri, 11/06/2021
The Republic of Korea’s coastal wetlands are a vital feeding and breeding site for millions of waterbirds, including nine species that are globally threatened with extinction. This July, the World Heritage Committee will decide whether to inscribe these vital habitats onto the UNESCO World Heritage List – the most prestigious of all conservation designations.
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons congregate at Doyang Reservoir every year © Touhid Biplob

Meet the Indian villages battling adversity to...

Wed, 09/06/2021
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons pass through Nagaland every year. Even as the world grapples with COVID-19, two villages in India are holding strongly to their commitment to protect the birds and nature around them.
Ornithography #41: Northern Lapwing, Ibars d’Urgell, Spain © Xavi Bou

Meet the photographer who captures the beauty of...

Fri, 07/05/2021
Xavi Bou’s stunning art encourages us to see birds, and life, from a different perspective. We interview the Barcelona-based photographer who uses the sky as his canvas to reveal the beauty of flight.
The Wadden Sea in north-west Europe is one of the world's most important hubs for migrating birds © travelpeter / Shutterstock

11 spectacular bird migration bottlenecks from...

Wed, 05/05/2021
Migratory birds' epic journeys often take place on broad fronts, but birds also concentrate at bottlenecks where geographical features funnel them together. This selection of hotspots underscores the importance of conservation action in the way birds see the world: through flyways.
Vets treated Anahita for 13 pellet wounds © SPNL

Shot down but saved: the inspiring story of...

Mon, 03/05/2021
A young Egyptian Vulture’s first migration was brutally cut short. Thankfully, BirdLife Partners were watching over her every step of the way. Through their co-operation, they transformed an illegal hunting casualty into a story of hope.
Fly-A-Way is designed and published by Tuber in Singapore

Fly-A-Way: the bird migration board game with an...

Fri, 30/04/2021
You’re a bird leaving on migration: will you perish en route or reach your breeding grounds safely? It sounds like a game of chance, but conservation can make a real difference to the outcome. This is the message of Fly-A-Way, an exciting new board game developed with BirdLife…
Gábor Deák with Falco, the anti-poisoning sniffer dog © Szilard Morvai  / BirdLife Hungary

Despatches from the bird migration battlefront

Wed, 28/04/2021
With millions of birds illegally killed each year, working to protect them can seem like an overwhelming battle. That’s when inspirational, heart-warming success stories are needed. We hear first-hand accounts from conservation’s ‘frontline’ in Malta, Hungary and Lebanon.
Aggregations of birds soaring upwards on thermals are known as "kettles" © Christian Gelpke

Discover the fascinating science behind bird...

Mon, 26/04/2021
One of the wonders of the natural world, migration “bottlenecks” occur where vast clouds of large soaring birds – especially raptors – concentrate at narrow land passages. Get a bird’s eye view on the science behind the world’s largest bird migration congregations.
Double-banded Plover © Agami Photo Agency / Shutterstock

Double trouble for the Double-banded Plover

Tue, 09/03/2021
A south Pacific shorebird with a very unusual migration pattern, the Double-banded Plover faces different threats whichever route it chooses.
Great Knots (Endangered) and Bar-tailed Godwits (Near Threatened) feed here © Jens Eriksen

Irreplaceable: Barr Al Hikman, Arabian peninsula...

Tue, 02/02/2021
Barr Al Hikman in Oman is a vital rest stop for more than half a million birds, boasting some of the highest shorebird densities of any intertidal mudflat. The formal protection of this site would therefore secure a crucial, truly irreplaceable, hub for migratory birds.
© Laurentiuss / Shutterstock

Crucial Steps towards Bird-safe Energy...

Fri, 18/12/2020
Under the National Electrification Program, Ethiopia will build thousands of new power lines in the next five years, which could have a terrible impact on birds. We are fighting hard to ensure the use of bird-safe poles design... and we can already celebrate several successes!
The Common Ringed Plover weights only 64 grams, but migrates thousands of kilometres © Zeynel Cebeci

Introducing our new Spring Alive species: the...

Mon, 07/09/2020
As birds migrate from Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa, we explore the fascinating behaviour of the Common Ringed Plover, a small but feisty wader familiar across Africa’s wetlands.
Great Indian Bustard © Nayan Khanolkar

Great Indian Bustard gets new level of protection

Tue, 02/06/2020
For the world’s heaviest flying bird, the modern landscape poses many threats and dangers. Fortunately, early this year, major landmarks decided at the Convention on Migratory Species secured greater protection for the species, both on land and in the air.