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How far do birds fly each year?

How far do birds fly each year?
Philippa from West Yorkshire (age 5-14)

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3 Responses

  1. This completely depends on what type of bird you are. So penguins don’t fly at all, chickens aren’t very good at fly so they really don’t fly very much at all in a year. The Bar-tailed Godwits however fly very far, 11,000 km from New Zealand to China in one go, very impressive.

  2. When you combine the complete journey of the Bar-tailed Godwits, these birds fly around 30.000 km a year!
    A Godwit from New Zealand, radiotagged by Dr. Phil Battley from Massey University, NZ, was first flying 10.200 km to China. After a rest of five weeks, it flew on to Alaska to breed, that’s another 7.300 km. Only two months later, the bird then flew the 11.500 km back to NZ all in one go. This adds up to a staggering 29.000 km in around 6 months!

    Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10462874

  3. Thank-you

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