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Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Study: Find out why birds fly in a V formation

 Good Day World!

I’ve often wondered how birds manage to fly in such a perfect wedge.

Was one bird (alpha bird?) leading the way at the head of each flying V? Did they practice a lot to achieve such precision? Or was it some strange built-in flying in formation gene?

In case you wondered how our feathered friends are able to fly in such precise military-looking formations I found this intriguing article: 

“The next time you see birds flying in a V, consider this: A new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way.

That's what scientists concluded after tracking a group of large black birds, each equipped with a tiny GPS device to record its position and every wing flap. One expert in animal flight said just gathering that data was a remarkable accomplishment.

The scientists reported their results online Wednesday in the journal Nature. It's the first experimental evidence that birds can adjust their flapping to take advantage of the wake, Florian Muijres and Michael Dickinson of the University of Washington wrote in an accompanying commentary.” (Read more here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

2 comments:

Kneelander said...

Interesting I always thought the formation was due to it being more aerodynamic.

Dave Stancliff said...

I was surprised to find this out too Kneelander. Thanks for stopping by.