Do birds migrate south during winter?
9 June 2022
Is it really true that birds migrate south during the winter?
Some animals, such as birds, migrate seasonally from one region to another. Migrating from breeding grounds to warmer climates in preparation for winter. When their young reach maturity, they begin their first migration flight.
Birds typically wait for favourable weather conditions to migrate in autumn before the onset of winter, and they frequently gather in a single location so they can all take flight at once. When taking flight for migration, they sometimes rely on strong cold fronts and movements and favourable tailwinds blowing in the right direction.
Once birds arrive at their destination, they seek shelter, take advantage of milder intervals, and remain busy searching for food. They are typically unconcerned by a little rain, but they seek shelter during particularly severe storms. Their feathers provide insulation against the cold, and their well-oiled feathers reflect water. They seek out dense shrubs and find shelter in trees by staying close to the trunks.
What about our indoor feathered companions?
Similar to people, birds experience the cold. In Autumn, you should begin preparing your birds for the upcoming winter. It is always heart-breaking and disheartening to lose a pet to the cold. Preparation is essential for providing the best protection.
Caged birds kept as pets should spend the night inside. Placing their cage in a warm location within the home, away from draughts and heaters. If your bird is alone and cannot cuddle with another bird, there are ways to keep them warm and comfortable, such as heat lamps and heat pads.
If your bird(s) are housed in an aviary, ensure that it is free of draughts and has sufficient protection from the cold. The use of shade cloth or plastic sheets can be a cost-effective way to protect three sides of the aviary at night, provided that they can be removed during the day to allow sunlight and natural elements to enter.
As part of preparing your pet bird for winter, you will also need to maintain a healthy diet and keep all of its health checks and medications current. This may include deworming and protection against mites and lice.
While wild birds prepare for colder weather by conditioning themselves, altering their diet, and finding nutrient-dense and fatty foods to help them conserve energy – using these to keep warm rather than hunting for berries and insects. Some birds may even attempt to store food in preparation for winter while the weather is still warm.
Captive birds may consume a higher-calorie diet consisting of sunflower and mixed seeds, fruit, cheese, corn, and possibly peanut butter, in preparation.
Consult a professional prior to altering your pet’s diet or if you have concerns about the health of your bird, such as symptoms that may have worsened during the colder months. As with all pets, ensure your bird’s optimal health by bringing it in for regular check-ups, so as a pet owner you can rest assured that you are doing everything possible to keep your bird happy and healthy.