Definition of migratory in US English:

migratory

adjective

  • 1Denoting an animal that migrates.

    ‘migratory birds’
    • ‘Most Dark-eyed Juncos are migratory, following the food supply south, but many will winter over, given an adequate food supply.’
    • ‘Many birds in Washington are migratory, and others move to lowlands forming large winter flocks.’
    • ‘They are toxic, bioaccumulative, and able to be transported by the movement of air, water, and migratory species to places far from their original point of release.’
    • ‘Throughout most of its range the big-horn is a partly migratory beast.’
    • ‘We stress the importance of considering forest edge and early-successional habitats in conservation plans for migratory landbirds to provide stopover habitats for species that utilize those habitats.’
    • ‘Northern populations, where water freezes, are strongly migratory.’
    • ‘It provides important habitat for almost 400 species of migratory birds, 80 species of mammals, and 40 species of reptiles and amphibians.’
    • ‘A few species of Emberizids are migratory, but most are permanent residents or make only short-distance migrations or nomadic wanderings.’
    • ‘Agriculture professionals applaud the bats, which feed on migratory corn earworm moths (also known as cotton bollworms), America's number-one agricultural pest.’
    • ‘A small percentage of Burrowing Owls from migratory populations may remain on their breeding grounds year-round.’
    • ‘These routes used by migratory birds for passage between wintering and breeding ranges are called flyways.’
    • ‘It is also home to thousands of migratory birds, caribou, and other creatures.’
    • ‘A lot of the bird species here, particularly the migratory waders, have been decimated.’
    • ‘Coffee is grown under a canopy of shade trees, preserving ecosystems that are home to migratory songbirds.’
    • ‘Wild Turkeys are not migratory.’
    • ‘Four of the 10 island populations are migratory, and therefore I repeated the analysis with these pairs excluded.’
    • ‘The subspecies of Sandhill Crane seen in Washington are migratory.’
    • ‘For migratory species, such dams can disrupt several stages of the life cycle of the fish.’
    • ‘They are also partially migratory, and in the fall they can be seen traveling in flocks of more than a hundred birds.’
    • ‘Sequestering of resources may be more difficult for animals that depend upon migratory prey.’
    migrant, migrating, translocating, relocating, moving, travelling
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    1. 1.1 Relating to animal migration.
      ‘the migratory route for whale sharks’
      • ‘Other important factors influencing bird abundances were food availability and events in the migratory and winter periods.’
      • ‘The evolutionary significance of differentiating between these two types of migration rests on where the migratory behavior first appeared.’
      • ‘Seven bat species have been recorded in Nova Scotia, but little information is available on their relative abundance, ecology, and migratory patterns.’
      • ‘The birds' weight, length, health, and species are recorded, then they are banded and released for their migratory trips.’
      • ‘In the migratory season, waterfowl of different varieties, thousands of sandpipers and shanks and varieties of ducks flock to this feeding ground.’
      • ‘These habitats have been degraded both physically by intensive stock and arable farming, land drainage and migratory barriers, and also by pollution from agriculture and industry.’
      • ‘Ground-breaking work to investigate the migratory movements of marine turtles in the UK Overseas Territories began on the Caribbean "Emerald Isle" of Montserrat this week.’
      • ‘Deserts provide migratory corridors for many species.’
      • ‘October is the migratory season for birds.’
      • ‘The spectacular humpbacks, which visit Cook Islands waters each year to breed, are about to resume their migratory journey to the Antarctic.’
      • ‘Within intensively urbanized and agricultural regions, migratory stopover and staging habitats often are scarce, so birds concentrate in a few areas.’
      • ‘The northerly bias in the direction of postbreeding movements is counter to the principal migratory vector of avocets during this time period.’
      • ‘It is a good place for surfing and, as well as being a prime patch for dolphin spotting, it is on the migratory route of the humpback whale.’
      • ‘Do behavioral differences associated with migratory habit lead to discernible differences in the degree of differentiation among populations?’
      • ‘Climate change is likely to affect the range and migratory patterns of many species, such as this Canada Warbler.’
      • ‘Migratory behavior appears to have evolved multiple times in Catharus, so the species mentioned above do not constitute a monophyletic clade.’
      • ‘The large interindividual variation in migratory activity may be attributed to the migratory strategy of this species.’
      • ‘The students will name and identify elephants and herds as well as dissecting droppings to help discover the animal's migratory patterns.’
      • ‘If you're positioned along a migratory route, you're in luck.’
      • ‘In March and April each year, the rich waters also serve as a way station on the migratory path of bus-sized whale sharks.’

Pronunciation

migratory

/ˈmīɡrəˌtôrē//ˈmaɪɡrəˌtɔri/