Sedentary v resident

To: martin cachard <>
Subject: Sedentary v resident
From: Sonja Ross <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:52:31 +1000
Hi to you all,

Do they have special meaning when referring to birds?

If it was people, I would say that they were different and would agree with the 
quote Steve gives from Hanzab.


On 01/06/2014, at 7:13 PM, martin cachard <> wrote:

> 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...
> cheers,
> martin cachard, 
> cairns
> 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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