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12 May – World Migratory Bird Day

12 May – World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day is held annually on the second weekend of May to highlight the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce or extend the children’s learning about the world.

We have shared some facts and ideas below and hope that you will find these to be useful.



Definition: a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate animal distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, a beak, and typically by being able to fly.


Our Montessori classrooms already have a wealth of material that we can use to introduce the children to birds. Remember to start with the real experience, and take the children outside to observe birds in their natural habitat!

Possible learning opportunities:

  • Birds as vertebrates
  • Parts of a bird
  • Types of birds
  • Bird habitats
  • Bird life cycles
  • Bird food chains and webs
  • Beaks
  • Feathers
  • Feet and Claws…


Bird Migration

This is about the seasonal movement of birds from one region of the world to another. Consider the learning opportunities available for exploration here!

  • Planet Earth and its continents and countries
  • Maths – consider time and distance studies
  • Seasons – when and why do birds migrate?
  • Flight paths…


Birds that migrate to South Africa

The following birds migrate to South Africa. Can you find out where they come from, and why they come here?

  • Greater Striped Swallow 
  • Amur Falcon
  • White-rumped Swift
  • White Stork
  • Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Yellow-billed Kite
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • European Bee-eater


Did you know…

The majority of migrating bird species are insect- and/or seed-eaters that need to seek out food sources. These birds will often travel in large flocks over thousands of kilometres to find food.

The insect-eating Amur Falcon breeds in Northern China and south-eastern Siberia. It migrates to southern Africa to escape the harsh winters of its home habitat. The Amur Falcon travels one of the longest routes of all bird species.


There are just so many things to do and learn! Have fun!