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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Migrating birds fly nonstop for more than six months

   By Monte Morin

      2:29 PM PDT, October 8, 2013




Alpine Swift

The Alpine swift stays aloft for 200 days while migrating between Africa and Europe, 
a study has found. (Daniele Occhiato / August 29, 2010)

Talk about a red-eye flight! After attaching electronic monitors to half a dozen Alpine swifts, researchers say they were shocked to discover that migrating birds flew nonstop for 200 days.

That's right, the birds remained airborne for more than six months, eating, drinking and sleeping on the fly, so to speak. Swiss scientists recently published their findings in the journal Nature Communications. (...)

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