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migrationmigratio (lat.); Migration (ger.)

  • The movement of an animal from one region, location, or habitat to another in order to breed, grow, or find food; an instance of this; esp. (of a bird, mammal, or fish) the periodic travel to and from a region at a particular season and along a well-established route. (OED 2012)

    My Birds began to droope, for want of their wonted migration

    Godwin, F. (ca. 1633). The Man in the Moone or A Discourse of a Voyage thither. Domingo Gonsales. The Speedy Messenger (London 1638): 111.

    By this way Aristotle through all his bookes of Animals, distinguisheth their times of generation, Latitancy, migration, sanity and venation.
    Browne, T. (1646). Pseudodoxia Epidemica: 223.
    The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation: 143. The migration of Birds from an hotter to a colder Country, or a colder to an hotter, according to the Seasons
    Ray, J. (1691/1704). The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation: 149 (according to OED 1989)
    Migrationes avium
    Linné, C. von (1757). Migrationes avium (Amoenitates academicae, vol. 4, Stockholm 1759, 565-600).

    Die Migration der Organismen und deren Colonienbildung ist nach meiner Ueberzeugung die nothwendige Bedingung der natürlichen Zuchtwahl.

    Wagner, M. (1868). Die Darwin’sche Theorie und das Migrationsgesetz der Organismen: VII.