‘Jet Fighter’ Bird Flies Nonstop for 7,500 Miles: Wow!

Bar-tailed godwits spend their summers in the Arctic, where they breed and build up their energy reserves before flying south for the winter. (Ben / Flickr under CC BY-ND 2.0)

Male Bar-Tailed Godwit Sets New Record for Nonstop Flight 

Health Editor’s Note: A male bar-godwit, a type of shore bird, was tracked by a tiny satellite flag as it flew 7,500 miles on a nonstop flight from Alaska to New Zealand at up to 55 mph for 11 days. What a feat!  I am astounded….Carol


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  1. Another amazing feat is that of the hummingbird. As tiny as they are, they traverse across the gulf of Mexico non-stop…and no they do not hitch rides on Geese.

  2. Awesome!! I think these amazing birds are doing much more than 55 MPH at the flight levels they’re flying. Headwinds for the direction of their flight south to southwest and weather (sometimes horrendous) considered these birds might be doing close to 200 MPH. Just my guesstimate. Nevertheless, an absolute marvel of the mother nature.

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