Friday, October 28, 2016

These amazing little birds just broke the world record for nonstop flight




The common swift is “the greyhound of the sky,” Anders Hedenstr√∂m says. Shaped like a torpedo, with long, blade-like wings, it effortlessly swoops and soars through the air, riding the wind like a creature out of mythology. For millennia, bird lovers have admired its aerial agility and seemingly endless flight. But even the most ardent ornithologists were amazed to learn that common swifts are capable of flying for 10 months without once touching land — a world record for time on the wing...https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/27/these-amazing-little-birds-just-broke-the-world-record-for-non-stop-flight/

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