Interesting Animals - Birds

Scientists from the Royal Veterinary College may have solved the mystery of why so many birds fly in a V formation.

(Flocks of birds flying in this peculiar formation is a common sight In autumn and spring in the UK as birds fly from, or return to their nesting grounds.

The scientists fitted data loggers to a flock of rare birds that were being trained to migrate by following a microlight. Analysis of the data revealed that the birds flew in the optimal position - gaining lift from the bird in front by remaining close to its wingtip, thus saving energy.

Basically, they are tailgating each other.)


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