Small Bird can fly for 10 months without stopping!
Swedish scientists studying the common swift have discovered a truly incredible thing: these small birds, with lifespans less than six years long, can spend up to 10 months flying, without touching down on the ground. Even birds that did land spent 99.5% of their migration (from Europe to Africa) in the air.
The birds that flew the entire duration may have slept while gliding, as other species are known to do. They also molted and grew new feathers while in the air, unlike their counterparts that spent some time on the ground. The scientists fitted the birds with tiny backpacks, equipped with electronic sensors, to take their measurements.
Learn more about the common swift’s remarkable flight (Science Alert)
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