Migratory birds living their best life during the coronavirus pandemic
On May 9, the World Migratory Bird Day celebrated the life and conservation efforts of a diverse group of birds, including species such as the huge white stork, the tiny hummingbird, and even penguins. Around 20% of all bird species migrate to find food and breed. These migratory birds are however increasingly under menace, namely due to the loss of habitats caused by human activities. Plastic pollution and climate change, among other issues. Yet, with humans under lockdown, they might have recently caught a break. Here are some good news to celebrate the 2020 edition of this special day with.
Happy like a Turkish bird
In Turkey, migratory birds are truly benefiting from the lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus. According to experts, they feel more comfortable flying around with less human activity and fewer planes in the sky. The country is the bridge to over 400 species of migratory birds. Read more on Hurriyet Daily News.
Catching a break in Pakistan
Extra nights at the sanctuaries
In this Asianet Newsable piece, you can discover how many migratory birds have now extended their stay, feeling safer with the considerable drop in human activities at the Therthangal and Melaselvanoor-Keelaselvanoor bird sanctuaries in India.
Did You Know?
- Around 20% of all bird species migrate to find food and breed. The most common pattern sees birds flying north in March and April to breed, and returning to warmer regions in the south in September and October.
- The longest distance some birds can migrate to is 90,000 kilometers. One of them is the Arctic Tern, who travels from pole to pole every year — from Greenland in the North to the Weddell Sea in the South.
- The smallest migratory bird is the hummingbird. Some migrate across the Gulf of Mexico twice a year — as far as 600 miles without stopping.