a bird enters the Guinness after 11 days of flight without landing

A spindle (Limosa lapponica) achieved a record by flying, without stopping to eat or rest, from Alaska to Australia. The bird, which is already known for its long journeys, has joined the Guinness World Records with 13,560 kilometers traveled in 11 days and 1 hour.

According to information from G1the migratory flight began on October 13, 2022 and was equivalent to two and a half journeys between London and New York.

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“Shearwaters and shearwaters can land in the water and feed. If a fusel lands in water, it is dead. There is no strap on the feet, there is no way out. So if he falls to the surface of the ocean from exhaustion, or bad weather forces him to land, that’s the end of it,” Eric Woehler, organizer of Birdlife Tasmania, Australia, told Guinness.

The expert also explained that normally fusels migrate to New Zealand, but the record holder made a sharp turn and veered away from commonplace, landing in eastern Tasmania. “This false turn increased the species’ previously assumed flight capability, raising questions about how far this species could fly nonstop,” he added.

History a bird enters Guinness after 11
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This isn’t the first time a fusel has made the news for its in-flight endurance capabilities, however. In 2007, another bird of the same species set the record of 11,500 kilometers traveled. Another former record holder surpassed that number in 2020, completing a 12,854 km course traveling from Alaska to New Zealand.

How do you know how far the fuselum has traveled?

The path of these and other animals is usually followed by marks with satellite tags for monitoring. The same thing happens, for example, with whales. In the fuselum’s case, it was tracked by a 5G satellite tag strapped to the lower back.

It should be noted that rifles are not the only birds able to perform such long flights: the longest distance traveled by a bird is that of an arctic tern (Sterna’s Paradise) on its round trip from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. They can reach up to 80,000 km of flight, the difference is that this species lands during the trip.

For specialists, the flight record of yet another fuselo, with particularities (such as the change of route), underlines the need to deepen studies on the strategies of the species and, above all, to add knowledge on how to better serve migration. of these animals, as well as how to preserve the environments they pass through to feed or rest.

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