migratory migratory  /ˈmaɪ ɡrə ˌtɔ ri/


  1. (adj) used of animals that move seasonally
  2. (adj) habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work


  1. Orchestra conductors, like the fork-tailed petrel, tend to be migratory in the spring.
  2. A favorite mystery of nature lovers is the behavior of the showy, black-and-orange Monarch butterflies, which appear to fly south in fall like migratory birds.
  3. Populations of many migratory species have plummeted--and, in some cases, global warming seems to be at fault.


  1. Activist says early Chester hay-mow killed songbirds

    CHESTER — An environmental advocate says the town's early hay-mowing along Knapp's View Hill was killing migratory songbirds.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Middletown Times Herald-Record

  2. Thousands of migratory birds invade

    Thousands of migratory birds have taken over a Del Valle man's property. The egrets set up shop in his back yard on Elroy Road about four weeks ago.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: KXAN 36 Austin

  3. Seabirds face big problems as sea levels rise

    Migratory shorebird populations are at great risk from rising sea levels due to global climate change, warns a recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. These birds play an important role in the distribution of nutrients within wetland and coastal ecosystems, and their loss could have unknown consequences for the rest of the world. Many scientists have documented the accelerated ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Environmental News Network


  1. Clive Minton, Australia's leading shorebird expert, says: "About half of Australia's shorebirds are migratory, and all of those 1.5 million to 2 million migratory birds are using some part of China as a stopover."
    on Jun 6, 2008 By: Clive Dudley Thomas Minton Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "An unstable climate will exacerbate some of the core drivers of conflict -- such as migratory pressures and competition for resources," said British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett.
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett Source: Kansas.com

  3. "My decision is limited to protecting matters of national environmental significance......in this case the freshwater sawfish and a number of migratory birds. I will ensure that they will be protected by any decision I make and any conditions I...
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Peter Garrett Source: Reuters

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