Scientists have found birds that can fly continuously for 10 months
Swifts are able to be in flight, not sitting down, up to 10 months, shows a new study of Swedish scientists. They save energy by balancing on warm air currents and doze while they plan on them from a great height downwards.
The relevant study was published in the journal Current Biology.
Of the 19 black swifts, followed by scientists from the University of Lund during their migration to Central Africa through West, three never touched the ground. The rest of the flight was interrupted only in emergency situations, for example, in bad weather.
Andres Hendenstorm, lead author of the study, says:
“It is incomprehensible that they can float for 10 months without the need to go down. There is a relationship between energy waste and longevity: if you live fast, you die young.But these birds live long, up to 20 years, so they go against the rules. ”
Until now, the longest period of time spent in the air was considered a two-month segment of the semi-annual frigate.