Europe and Central Asia

Migratory Birds in Europe and Central Asia

Whooper Swans © Nick Ford
Whooper Swans © Nick Ford

Migratory birds are some of the most inspiring and impressive groups of birds. This is not only because of the spectacular views they offer as they move across the sky but also because of the incredible distances they cover during their voyages.

Migratory birds mark the seasons leaving their breeding areas before food gets scarce and landing on another continent to build a new life. When we enjoy the presence and behaviour of these migratory birds we hope and even assume that they will return each year. Unfortunately many migratory species, especially the long-distance migrants do not return.

Read more about our global work on migratory birds and flyways.

The BirdLife Partnership works to identify, tackle or mitigate the main causes of the decline of migratory birds mainly through international projects and policy work:




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