In "a Dictionary of Birds" Ed. Campbell & Lack 1985, sedentary is defined as
"commonly used in the special sense of 'non-migratory' and resident as "
remaining throughout the year in the area under reference, the term being
applied to a species, subspecies, population, or individual bird as the context
requires; in another usage the term means breeding in the area, a distinction
being then drawn between 'permanent resident' and 'summer resident' (='summer
> On 1 Jun 2014, at 19:52, Sonja Ross <> wrote:
> 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...
>> martin cachard,
>> 0428 782 808
>>> Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:58:38 +1000
>>> 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?
>>> Steve Clark
>>> Hamilton, Vic
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