Resident Birds: Birds That Don't Migrate

Resident Birds: Birds That Don't Migrate

Over the millions of years this Earth has been in existence most species have learned to better adapt to their environments. It’s amazing to see how some animals have taken elements in their surroundings and used them as tools to make surviving easier. When it comes to birds, many migrate as the weather changers. This gives them greater accessibility to food and ideal habitat for nesting.

But what about the birds that stay around all year long? There are a few birds you may be familiar with that do not migrate. They are often better known as resident birds.

North & South

city birdsIt’s important to understand that nearly every species of bird migrates to some extent. Some birds will only travel to warmer climes when it gets too cold. Others only migrate a few hundred miles.

Many birds that are considered resident birds in the continental U.S. are considered migratory species throughout Canada and Alaska. Likewise some year-round residents of Florida, Texas and other southern locales are considered migratory birds elsewhere.

So with that in mind, consider the “resident bird” concept one that needs to relate to a very specific region.

Pigeons & Doves

Doves, for example, are resident birds. They feed on seeds, fruits, and insects and build flimsy nests in shrubbery, trees or on ledges.

Most of us are familiar with the dove’s most prolific family member, the rock pigeon, another resident bird.

If you have ever been to New York City you’re well aware that pigeons do not leave during the winter. This partly because of their willingness to eat human food — either via handouts or out-and-out theft. Just remember that if you feed pigeons — or any bird — you should feed them bird food, not human food.

Still, there is a certain charm to pigeons, as seen in this video.