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Swifts travel 3,000 miles in five days

Posted on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: CC 2.0 Billy Lindblom

Scientists have recorded swifts flying vast distances of over 3,000 miles in the space of a few days.

The remarkable journey has been documented by tagging the birds with special geolocation devices that can track where they are. Researchers found that some of the birds managed to keep up an average speed of 25mph for five days non-stop, traveling over 3,000 miles during their migration from Africa to the UK.

Amazingly, some birds can fly even faster and further - the great snipe is able to fly at 60mph and cover over 4,000 miles in under four days.

"A common swift (Apus apus) has been recorded covering more than 3,100 miles in just five days during its migration from Africa back to the UK."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by lightly on 18 June, 2012, 0:27
Wow! hence the name?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Chooky88 on 20 June, 2012, 10:09
Is that an African or European Swift? Also, how far can they travel if two are using a strand of creeper under the dorsal guiding feathers to carry a coconut?
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 20 June, 2012, 14:59
How I wish I had wings and could fly. Wait a minute, I drink. Nevermind.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zoric on 20 June, 2012, 17:17
Perhaps the birds should be sponsored by Red Bull !
Comment icon #5 Posted by csspwns on 21 June, 2012, 4:39
tats why they are called swifts lol
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paracelse on 21 June, 2012, 11:08
I noticed they arrived in the area I live now few days ago along with some swallows (they have a white belly that how I make the difference). I tried to take pictures of them but no way they are really to fast for me.
Comment icon #7 Posted by jgorman628 on 21 June, 2012, 14:58
Awesome! I love it when nature accomplishes the remarkable.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Emin on 23 June, 2012, 17:17
Interesting actually i was researching swifts some days ago. I'm not sure if those are the birds that i constantly see during dusk but they do have that arced wing appearance. Well it wouldn't surprise me if they flew that much because i've observed them fly and they sure fly like crazy

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