The Southern African subregion, which is taken to be the portion of land south of the Cunene and Zambezi Rivers hosts more breeding bird species than the United States of America and Canada combined. Of the just over 950 bird species recorded in the subregion, 177 are endemics or near-endemics ie. species only marginally shared with neighbouring countries. In other words, almost 20% of Southern Africa's birds can be found nowhere else in the world!
This high level of endemism is due to the huge and diverse range of habitats present in the region as well as the climate which ranges from the cool winter rainfall areas of the south west to the hot summer rainfall subtropical areas of the north and east.
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