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Coming Home!

Shown below are the common migratory routes of the Western Hemisphere's Neotropical migrants (landbirds). (The number of migrant species found in each country is given next to the country's name. See List of Wintering Countries for Migratory Birds for the names of our birds in each country. Numbers of species may vary.)

If they suceed, after landfall on our shores, the birds will fan out across the length and breadth of the United States, and north, to feed and nest. Watch your yards or properties for visitors.

Who's Coming Home?

Vultures, hawks, kingfishers, pigeons and doves, cuckoos, owls, swifts, hummingbirds, trogons, falcons, woodpeckers, flycatchers, swallows, wrens, flycatchers, swallows, wrens, thrushes, thrashers, pipits, waxwings, shrikes, vireos, warblers, tanagers, orioles, blackbirds, finches, 2 plovers (Killdeer and Mountain) and 2 sandpipers (Upland and Long-billed Curlews).1 (The illustration excludes waterfowl and shorebirds).

Courtesy of Birder's World


  1. The Marvel of Migration," Terry Rich, Birder's World, June 1998, page 20.
  2. Map illustration by Elisabeth Rowan for Birder's World, June 1998, page 21.

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