MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: How long can birds fly before they must stop to rest?

Date: Sat Jul 25 09:43:20 1998
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Scientist, Message Pharmaceuticals, Aston, PA
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 895162194.Zo

That depends on the bird!

Different birds have different flight styles, and all use different amounts of energy. Turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks are soaring birds; when they fly, they use very little energy, since they are mostly just floating on the winds. They can fly for hours at a time. On the other hand, some of the smaller birds that flap wildly need to rest more often.

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