MadSci Network: Zoology

Subject: Why do ducks and geese fly in 'V' formation

Date: Wed Mar 12 08:10:39 1997
Posted by: Jim Dieckmann
Grade level: 4-6
School/Organization: Clear View Charter School
City: Chula Vista State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Area of science: Zoology
Message ID: 858175839.Zo
Why do ducks and geese fly in 'V' formation
There is a common story circulating that geese fly in a "V" formation to 
assist others in flight by providing uplift. The Birder's Handbook by Paul
Erlich cites 3 articles from the 1970's that involve research that did
not confirm the uplift hypothesis.  Is there any new scientific study that
has examined the dynamics of geese or ducks flying in a "V" formation?

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