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
Hedenström A et al., Extreme Endurance Migration: What Is the Limit to Non-Stop Flight?, PLoS Biology; 2010
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Originally published by Cosmos as The amazing stamina of migrating birds
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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