The bar-tailed godwit, a plump shorebird with a recurved bill, has
blown the record for nonstop, muscle-powered flight right out of the
A study being published today reports that godwits can fly as many
as 7,242 miles without stopping in their annual fall migration from
Alaska to New Zealand. The previous record, set by eastern curlews, was
a 4,000-mile trip from eastern Australia to China.
The birds flew for five to nine days without rest, a few landing on
South Pacific islands before resuming their trips, which were monitored
by satellite in 2006 and 2007.
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