It took three days to get the device from the mountain
Scientists get new information about largest bird
Analyzed on the data of 250 hours of flight
Data collected through a special device
New Delhi: This bird has its unique qualities. Andean condor is known as the
world’s largest size bird. On spreading its wings, it covers a width of about ten
feet and it averages over thirty pounds in weight. From this perspective, it can be
assumed that it is the largest size of flying birds. Otherwise there are many more
which are bigger in size but they cannot fly. Now a team of scientists have found
that after moving the wings at once, they cover a distance of about one hundred
miles. Anyway, this bird is already known to travel a long distance. The research
team used a device to collect more data for this research. This device, called the
Daily Diary, was collecting all the data of these birds’ daily routine by staying
with them. During this period, after collecting data for the flight of 250 hours,
they were also analyzed one by one. Through that device, scientists first came to
know that during this time they spend only one percent of their time on moving
the wings. In an ongoing research on a team of eight Andean condors, a bird was
also found that shook its wings only once in five hours and this time it managed
to cover a distance of one hundred miles.
This bird is known as a very skilled Pilot
research team concludes that the birds of this species are naturally very smart
pilots. Scientists were already aware about bird’s ability to fly and travel a great
distance. But how much skill they introduce in this flight is known for the first
time. A report based on the findings of his research has been published in the
National Academy of Sciences.
In order to make the wings move very less in flight, such Andean condor birds
show the efficiency of their pilots. They travel in such a way through the wind
direction that they do not have to work very hard to move forward. In this regard,
expert David Lentick of Stanford University says that this skill is surprising in
itself. He said that even after seeing the sky completely clear with open eyes of
our people, there is a lot that these birds have to face. Strong air, temperature
manipulation, hot air rise, they have to go through all these natural changes. Apart
from this, jumping over high mountains is also a big responsibility for this birds
because the atmosphere and air pressure are completely different. Therefore,
moving through the air gusts without any extra labor is a sign of a skilled pilot.
Different way to fly off and float in the air
The research team has clarified that this bird has to use wings in two ways. The
first use is that they have to flap wings to fly. After flying over the sky, they have
to move their wings to move towards their goal. Explaining the difference
between the two, scientists have given an example that this is a situation in which
in one you climb a mountain on a bicycle and in another you descend the same
mountain. There is no disturbance in both, it has to be taken care of.
Bird expert Brett Tobalski of the University of Montana says that birds of this
species also play an important role in locating corpses. Due to this responsibility,
he has to keep an eye on flying high altitude. From that great height they search
for corpse. For this, they keep going round a mountain for hours.
Circle around the mountains for hours
energy expenditure is also reduced. He conserves his remaining energy quite a lot.
The analysis showed that only one percent of their total energy is spent on
moving the wings. More energy has to be spent flapping wings before flying.
The funny incident with this research team is also due to their equipment. These
instruments were installed in such a way that after a week, they themselves would
fall apart from the body of these birds and fall down. This happened but the
device fell at a considerable height of Mount Andres. The equipment fell at some
place from where it took the research team three days to get them out.