The pied kingfisher is the largest bird in the world that is able to hover without using air currents. This means it doesn?t need a perch to hunt for fish, but can do so from the middle of a lake.
Over the course of a year, more than 480 different species of birds spread their wings in the Luangwa Valley. From tiny kingfishers, to flocks of great white pelicans, and some of Africa's most endangered vultures, these aerial masters have found a use for every inch of the land. As these winged wonders search for food, shelter, and mates, discover why Luangwa is a utopia for both residents and visitors alike.
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