Trans-Gulf Migrants


Defined as those bird species that cross the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula to the U. S. Gulf Coast (Texas to Florida). Trans-Gulf migration is characteristic of the following species, but does not exclude the possibility of some circum-Gulf passage either. Bird migration is not black or white. In the biological world there are rules, but there are always exceptions. This is not a complete list.

  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chuck-will's-widow
  • Whip-poor-will
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Western Kingbird
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Purple Martin
  • Barn Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • House Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Veery
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • Gray Catbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler*
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Worm-eating Warbler
  • Swainson's Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Summer Tanager
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Dickcissel
  • Bobolink
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole
Swainson's Thrush

Swainson's Thrush
photo courtesy of Mark Lockwood

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler
photo courtesy of Mark Lockwood

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
photo courtesy of Mark Lockwood

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
© TPWD


Contact Information:

For more information, please contact:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Wildlife Diversity
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744

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