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Gliding flight[ edit ] Lesser flamingos flying in formation. When in gliding flightthe upward aerodynamic force is equal to the weight.
In gliding flight, no propulsion is used; the energy to counteract the energy loss due to aerodynamic drag is either taken from the potential energy of the bird, resulting in a descending flight, or is replaced by rising air currents " thermals "Cost flight low thesis to as soaring flight.
For specialist soaring birds obligate soarersthe decision to engage in flight are strongly related to atmospheric conditions that allow individuals to maximise flight-efficiency and minimise energetic costs.
Flapping involves two stages: At each up-stroke the wing is slightly folded inwards to reduce the energetic cost of flapping-wing flight. This is a flight pattern known as "bounding" or "flap-bounding" flight. Several bird species use hovering, one family even specialized in it.
True hovering by generating lift through flapping alone Cost flight low thesis than by passage through the air demands a lot of energy. This usually confines the ability to smaller birds, but some larger birds such as a Kite  or an Osprey   can hover for a short period of time.
Although not a true hover, some birds remain in a fixed position relative to the ground or water by flying into a headwind. Kestrels, terns and even hawks use this wind hovering. Most birds that hover have high aspect ratio wings that are suited to low speed flying.
One major exception to this are the hummingbirdswhich are the most accomplished hoverers of all the birds. Hummingbird flight is different from other bird flight in that the wing is extended throughout the whole stroke, the stroke being a symmetrical figure of eight, with the wing producing lift on both the up- and down-stroke.
Some hummingbirds can beat their wings 52 times a second, though others do so less frequently. Take-off and landing[ edit ] A male bufflehead runs atop the water while taking off.
A magpie-goose taking off. Bird landings Take-off is one of the most energetically demanding aspects of flight, as the bird must generate enough airflow across the wing to create lift.
Small birds do this with a simple upward jump. Large birds take off by facing into the wind, or, if they can, by perching on a branch or cliff so they can just drop off into the air.
Landing is also a problem for large birds with high wing loads. This problem is dealt with in some species by aiming for a point below the intended landing area such as a nest on a cliff then pulling up beforehand. If timed correctly, the airspeed once the target is reached is virtually nil.
Landing on water is simpler, and the larger waterfowl species prefer to do so whenever possible, landing into wind and using their feet as skids. To lose height rapidly prior to landing, some large birds such as geese indulge in a rapid alternating series of sideslips or even briefly turning upside down in a maneuver termed as whiffling.
Coordinated formation flight[ edit ] A wide variety of birds fly together in a symmetric V-shaped or a J-shaped coordinated formation, also referred to as an "echelon", especially during long distance flight or migration. It is often assumed that birds resort to this pattern of formation flying in order to save energy and improve the aerodynamic efficiency.
The wingtips of the leading bird in an echelon create a pair of opposite rotating line vortices. The vortices trailing a bird have an underwash part behind the bird, and at the same time they have an upwash on the outside, that hypothetically could aid the flight of a trailing bird. Also, the bird skeleton is hollow to reduce weight, and many unnecessary bones have been lost such as the bony tail of the early bird Archaeopteryxalong with the toothed jaw of early birds, which has been replaced with a lightweight beak.
The vanes of each feather have hooklets called barbules that zip the vanes of individual feathers together, giving the feathers the strength needed to hold the airfoil these are often lost in flightless birds.
The barbules maintain the shape and function of the feather. Each feather has a major greater side and a minor lesser side, meaning that the shaft or rachis does not run down the center of the feather. Rather it runs longitudinally of center with the lesser or minor side to the front and the greater or major side to the rear of the feather.
This feather anatomy, during flight and flapping of the wings, causes a rotation of the feather in its follicle.
The rotation occurs in the up motion of the wing. The greater side points down, letting air slip through the wing. This essentially breaks the integrity of the wing, allowing for a much easier movement in the up direction.
The integrity of the wing is reestablished in the down movement, which allows for part of the lift inherent in bird wings. This function is most important in taking off or achieving lift at very low or slow speeds where the bird is reaching up and grabbing air and pulling itself up.
At high speeds the air foil function of the wing provides most of the lift needed to stay in flight. The large amounts of energy required for flight have led to the evolution of a unidirectional pulmonary system to provide the large quantities of oxygen required for their high respiratory rates.Christopher Bollyn is a well-travelled writer and an investigative journalist who has done extensive research into the events of September 11, , the conflict in Middle-East and the health effects caused by exposure to depleted uranium.
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