Atlantic Flyway

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The Atlantic Flyway is a bird migration route that generally follows the Atlantic Coast of North America and the Appalachian Mountains.

There is also an East Atlantic Flyway in Europe,[1] and one in the Atlantic Ocean.[2]

The main endpoints of the Atlantic flyway in North America include the eastern Arctic islands and the coast of Greenland, and the region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico; the migration route tends to narrow considerably in the southern United States in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. which account for the high number of bird species found in those areas. Once in Florida, the flyway diverges into a path over eastern Mexico and a longer path across the Caribbean Sea via Cuba and Jamaica.

This route is used by birds typically because no mountains block most of this path, though birds cross the northern, central and southern Appalachians to join the flyway. Good sources of water, food, and cover exist over its entire length.

The other primary migration routes for North American birds include the Mississippi, Central and Pacific Flyways.


  1. ^ Network, Atlantic Flyway. "Atlantic Flyway Network - HOME". Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  2. ^ "North American Migration Flyways". 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2018-06-03.

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