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Updated: 16 July 2015
(Published: 6 July 2015)

 

 

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Waterbirds are a natural benefit on any wildlife production unit because they do not have to be lured to open water spaces but will find them when flying over an area. Consequently they will appear overnight and become established there if the habitat is suitable. Many waterbirds are migratory and leave in the cool dry season for Europe and Asia over traditional routes that stretch for thousands of kilometres in order to breed. They return by again using specific routes, with the Nile River Valley and Rift Valley lakes being some of them. Other waterbirds are residents in South Africa and do not migrate at all.

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Reference:

Viljoen, P J and J du P Bothma 2010. Game birds. In J du P Bothma and J G du Toit (eds). Game ranch management, fifth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp. 330 – 346.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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