African nightingale spends lifetime on road to Turkey


A nightingale, weighing 24 grams and having eight years of a life span, spent a lifetime migrating to Turkey from Central Africa.

Arzu Gursoy Ergen, an academic from the Ankara University’s Faculty of Science, told Anadolu Agency: “We have determined the nightingale, which we captured as part of the National Bird Ringing Program to determine the effects of global warming, had been ringed in Turkey in 2011 and since then it has been migrating regularly from Central Africa to Turkey.”

Ergen said Ankara University and Middle East Technical University were conducting bird ringing in cooperation with General Directorate of Nature Protection and National Parks to follow the effects of global warming and identifying migration routes, feeding, breeding and accommodation areas of birds.

She said 330 birds of 31 kinds were ringed at the first stage of the study.

“A nightingale, with an average life span of eight years has regularly been flying from its hometown Africa and coming to Turkey for seven years after covering thousands of kilometers of a painful journey with its tiny wings, has been a significant finding,” Ergen added.


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