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Andean condor can fly for 100 miles without flapping wings - study

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A study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for hours without flapping its wings.

The Andean condor has a 3-metre (10ft) wingspan and weighs up to 15kg (33lbs), making it the world’s heaviest soaring bird.

For the first time, a team of scientists strapped recording equipment they called “daily diaries” to eight condors in Patagonia to record each wingbeat over more than 250 hours of flight time.

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Incredibly, the birds spent just 1% of their time aloft flapping their wings, mostly during takeoff. One bird flew more than five hours, covering more than 100 miles (160km), without flapping its wings.

“The finding that they basically almost never beat their wings and just soar is mind-blowing,” said David Lentink, an expert in bird flight at Stanford University, who was not involved in the research.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/13/andean-condor-fly-without-flapping-wings-flight-bird

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JoshuaT

Legends, stream El Condor Pasa :oops:

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alicefromabove

Lift me up give me a start

And I'll be flying flying flying...

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Flyin' flyin'

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thats because birds arent real ETU41.png

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ProjectJoanne

"condor"

I read that as something else :bradley:

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Reginald
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That wingspan. Holy :deadbanana:

 

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papergangster

She’s incredible, I aspire!!

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