Migration

September 2014

Interactive September 3, 2014

Does It Migrate? Quiz

Not all migration is created equal. And, of course, not all birds migrate. Let’s explore the type of migrants (and non-migrants):

Resident
These are the non-migrants that stay in the same area year-round. While some species can tolerate colder temperatures than others, a major challenge for all species is finding food. Permanent residents tend to be more adaptable and eat a wider range of foods. Seed eaters, in particular, are more likely to be residents.
Nomadic/Irregular
These species don’t follow any set, single-year cyclical pattern but instead are following a pattern of food abundance and scarcity, staying put when there is adequate food and only moving on when food is hard to come by.
Short Distance Migrant
Short distance migrants are species that typically move a few hundred miles or less. Some individuals may even stay put year-round while others move. Often, the “movers” are those individuals at higher elevations or at the northern edge of the species range.
Long Distance Migrant
Long can mean long! This group includes birds that move between continents—some species even breed and winter on different ends of the globe! Neotropical migrants—species that breed in North America but winter between the Tropic of Cancer (located about 1/3 from the top of Mexico and including the Caribbean Islands) and Tropic of Capricorn (located about the center of Paraguay)—are considered long-distance migrants.

Now that you know the types of migrants, see if you know which species fall into which category. Take our quiz below to see if you’re a Migrant Master or a Migrant Fledgling.

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5 Comments

  1. Jim Gonsman says:

    Great article.

  2. Brendan says:

    I got all the long-distance neo-tropicals correct but those irregulars are tricky. I live in southwestern Ohio and blue jays are most certainly year-round residents here. Also, Carolina chickadees are year-round here but I think black-capped move south into our area in the winter; that is, assuming you can tell them apart. :)

  3. Our blue jays never go anywhere. I’m listening to them “screaming” outside my sliding door as I write this. In summer I hear them more than see them because of thick foliage and plentiful natural food, but in winter I have captured many pics of them at my various feeding stations. The downy woodpecker, on the other hand, comes and goes. We may have one or more for a period of time. Then they disappear for awhile. So for us, I would class the blue jay as resident and the downy as nomadic

  4. Molly H. says:

    I tried to take the quiz but it said to check my answers after just one question and then did not proceed to anew question. Does anyone have a thought on what I should have done differently?

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