Sedentary v resident

To: Steve Clark <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Sedentary v resident
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:43:12 +1030
hey Steve,
that's a good question...
i'd have thought personally that they would be interchangeable...
but maybe sedentary defines that they don't move far beyond their territory 
boundaries when adult, but residents do wander out of them to feed but always 
return to their breeding grounds within shorter time-frames than say a migrant 
would (say Procellariiformes  as an eg of resident)...  
but u know what, I don't think so...
I think that they probably are one in the same thing when referring to birds, 
but it will be interesting to see what others think... I've often pondered the 
same question especially  when much younger but now I just use them to mean the 
same thing...
martin cachard, 
0428 782 808

> From: 
> Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:58:38 +1000
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Sedentary v resident
> G’day all
> Are these terms interchangeable?
> For example: The HANZAB entry for Little Shrikethrush movements states 
> “Almost certainly sedentary, but widely described as resident in literature”
> The glossary in the latest Pizzey states:
> Sedentary: staying in the same locality throughout the year
> Resident: remaining in one place all year; non-migratory
> In volume 1a of HANZAB they state:
> Resident: most individuals non-migratory though some may move long distances
> Sedentary: most individuals not normally moving more than 50 km.
> Would someone please explain the distinction with examples?
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Vic
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