Birds that Make Mexico their Second (or Third) Home

Birds that Make Mexico their Second (or Third) Home

Settling in Mexico as your second home if you are a foreigner from North America is not a rare thing to do. With the influx of foreigners choosing to relocate in this country on the rise, you will be among great company. Not only that, you will be accompanied by over 350 species of migratory birds that take their wings to Mexico each year, making the country their second home. According to an article at, more than 350 different types of birds head to Mexico throughout the year. The birds’ reasons for making Mexico their second home might be a little different from yours, although seeking out the ideal climate is certainly top of the list for both expats and birds.

Birds in flight to Mexico

The article published at described four general types of migratory birds in Mexico. These are snowbirds (winter residents), summer residents, transit birds, and migrants (those joining resident bird populations).

Transit Birds

Transit birds are those that do not stay for a long time in Mexico but rather pass through to get to another destination, or those that are constantly on the move. There are about 35 different species of transit birds that pass through Mexico. Usually they fly to northern Mexico for mating then transfer to Central and South America. The pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melantos) is an good example; this bird breeds in Alaska and Northern Canada and passes by Mexico as it moves towards South America for the winter season.


The term snowbirds is used to refer to birds that come to Mexico during the winter months. This term may also refer affectionately to people who prefer to live in Mexico during the colder seasons (typically Canadians and residents from the northern states of the US). The golden-cheeked warbler of Texas is an example of a feathered snowbird, joining around 200 other bird species who like to seek out Mexico’s warmer winter climes.

Summer Birds

Since summer is not as popular for migratory birds to visit Mexico, there are only 30 bird species that spend summer in this country. One example is the lucifer hummingbird. This type of migratory birds chooses other more southern destinations for its winter sojourns.

Year-Round Resident Joiners

There are also migratory birds which fly to Mexico to join bird permanent communities of the same species. Of this less well known type of migrant birds, 140 species have been identified.

Mexico and Migration

Just as is the case for the migration of people, Mexico’s location is a strategic one for migratory birds, acting as a passage to the countries of Central and South America. While human migration tends to make its way north, the migration of birds works both ways. In any case, Mexico acts like a passage from the USA and Canada to the south. This phenomenon makes Mexico an important country when it comes to bird migration; and as such, the country is facing ever greater challenges to do its best to protect its forest and countryside.

Follow nature and make Mexico your second home!

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