What is the longest a bird can fly without stopping? Daily Science Fact

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

These birds fly a very long way

The world celebrated when Charles Lindbergh completed a flight of over 3000 miles between New York and Paris. For a bar-tailed godwit, this flight would not even reach halfway on their yearly journey from their summer home in Alaska to their winter spot in New Zealand.

bar-tailed godwit

A male Bar-tailed godwit was tracked on his flight from Alaska to New Zealand. The flight was measured at 7500 miles and required 11 days of non-stop flying from the bird.

bar-tailed godwit long distance bird flyer

The common swift holds the record for the longest time flying. During their 10-month migration from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa and back these birds will stay in the air for up to 10 months. 

common swift
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