Birds are one of the most interesting creatures on Earth. They not only have the ability to fly, but they can also be found is so many species all over the world. Have you ever thought that a bird could be able to fly for 10 months without landing? Researchers discovered that the common swift can fly for long periods of time without landing and without getting tired.
Researchers from Sweden said that this is a world record and they do not know another bird that could stay in the air for so long, without landing. Scientists used data from 13 swifts. They followed 13 bird for two years by using sensors attached to the birds. This way, researchers were able to see where are the birds and the speed of their movement.
They discovered that the common swift, which has to do a 10 months journey from Northern Europe to Central Africa, can spend most of its migration in the air. The birds stopped only for on hour to sit on the tree or on the ground. Most of the time, they were flying to finish their journey. Moreover, three of the birds did not land at all.
What is really interesting is that swifts are the only birds that are able to travel for so long without landing. There are a lot of birds that migrate every year and some of them are crossing the oceans, but swift was the only one discovered to have this ability.
Many people wondered how swifts manage to survive if they fly so much. It seems that not only they eat insects while they are flying, but they are also able to sleep in the air. However, researchers have no proof. We are expecting more research regarding this issue.
Researchers also discovered that swifts are living a lot even if they are small. They seem to be one of the most interesting birds on our planet. The ability to fly for 10 months is something that most people could think that is impossible. These birds are able to eat and sleep during their migration without landing. You could think it is difficult for a small creature to do a long flight, but it does not seem to have any problem.
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