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The common swift stays constantly airborne for up to ten months at a time, new research reveals.
The bird, ubiquitous in the UK and Europe, conserves energy by riding currents of hot air and taking “power naps” as it slowly glides from high altitudes.
Scientists tracked 19 of the creatures as they completed two of their annual migratory cycles to Central Africa via West Africa and found three did not once touch the ground.
While there have been other examples of birds remaining in flight for periods of months, the evidence on common swifts sets a new record, the researchers say.
originally posted by: pheonix358
Ten months without food ..... I don't think that is possible.