Second group

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard; this species is the flagship of Zambia’s southernmost grassland IBAs such as Simungoma which is about 10km away from the Zambia-Namibia border. This bird is ionic as it is the heaviest flying bird. Habitat destruction and alteration is the major threat affecting the species as grasslands are being burnt out, grasses over harvested and converted in farmland.

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Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern Ground Hornbill; was once a common resident in most of Zambia’s IBA but the population has significantly decline with species not being recorded at all in some IBAs. ZAWA reports increased hunting of this bird in most national parks for sell of body parts on the black-market as they are used in the synthesis of some traditional medicines. In addition, this species breeds in very large trees of which a large number have been cleared within the species range.

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Lappet-faced Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture; among the most persecuted of all vultures in Zambia. This species is very rarely recorded outside the major big game areas although it inhabits any open habitat with large mammals on which it exclusively feeds.

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White-headed Vulture

White-headed Vulture; the most hunted of all Zambian vultures- there is a very high demand for the head of this vulture for use in traditional medicines, witchcraft and making of charms. The trade is known to occur in Zambia, Congo, Malawi and Tanzania but it is possible that it occurs with more countries particularly in central and southern Africa.

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White-backed Vulture

White-backed Vulture

White-backed Vulture; mostly occurs in the open country with large mammal populations. This is the most abundant vulture in game areas, forming about 85% of the vulture population.

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Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture; is quite common along the major rivers in Zambia. This species is associated with open woodlands or riparian forests where it feeds on a variety of small items including dead fish and scavenges as a minor member of vulture groups at large carcasses.

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Margret’s Batis

Margret’s Batis; most common in the Cryptosepalum forests in north-western Zambia. Is suspected to be a breeding resident in Zambia though some observations suggest that there is some post-breeding movement by most birds from the Cryptosepalum forests from November to April.

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African Pitta

African Pitta

African Pitta; secretive species inhabiting riverine thickets and forests on eastern half of Zambia going south towards Pemba through Mutulanganga IBA (the only confirmed breeding site). The species is an intra-African migrant present in Zambia from October to April.

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Blue Swallow

Blue Swallow

Blue Swallow; inhabits and breeds in montane grasslands mainly under overhangs or in holes on the ground. Is only known to breed and occur from the grasslands on the Nyika Plateau (mostly on the Malawian side), although suitable foraging sites have been found in use on the Zambian side.

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