The amazing stamina of migrating birds

A Week in Science, from RiAus, this week looks at bird migrations – feats of stamina that are hard to believe. The record migration is 40,000 kilometres and the record non-stop flight by a migrating bird more than 11,000 kilometres. How do they do it?

Here are some other links with information about the flights of migratory birds you might like.

Alaska Bird Makes Longest Nonstop Flight Ever Measured – Article from National Geographic 
Tiny songbird northern wheatear traverses the world – Article from BBC 
Arctic Tern – Article from Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
Migration – Article from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Academic Articles

Hedenström A et al., Extreme Endurance Migration: What Is the Limit to Non-Stop Flight?PLoS Biology; 2010

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