‘Jet Fighter’ breaks world record for non-stop flight by flying an epic 7,500 miles from Alaska to New Zealand in eight days
- Bar-tailed Godwit breaks world record for longest non-stop bird flight
- It flew 7,500 miles from Alaska to New Zealand without a break in 11 days
- The bird’s wind power build was compared to a ‘jet fighter’
A gateway broke the world record for a non-stop bird flight with an epic 7,500 miles from Alaska to New Zealand.
Known as the bar-tailed godwit, the bird arrived in New Zealand 11 days after its departure from Alaska without a break for food or drink.
Scientists were able to track the bird’s journey by securing a satellite tag at the bottom.
Known as the bar-tailed godwit, the bird arrived in New Zealand 11 days after its departure from Alaska without a break for food or drink (file image of the bar-tailed godwit)
Bird ecosystem construction was compared to the ‘Jet Fighter’ of the Global Flyway Network by Dr. Jesse Conklin, who studies bird migration.
Conclin told The Guardian: “They have unimaginable potential for fuel.
‘They have a lot of things. These are designed like jet fighters. The long, pointed wings and really smooth design give them a lot of aerodynamic potential. ”
He added that birds seem to have some ability to know where they are on Earth.
“We can’t really explain it, but they think there’s a ship map.”
The angel left Alaska on September 1 after feeding the baby or worms for two months along with four other birds.
It flew at an impressive 55 miles per hour, headed south to the Aleutian Islands and reached a bay near Auckland on 27 September.
Male bar-tailed deities are able to double in size before long flights but can compress their internal organs to lighten the load while traveling.
The angel left Alaska on September 16 and sailed south to the Aleutian Islands, arriving in New Zealand 11 days later.
The estimated point-to-point distance of the journey is 7,987 miles, but scientists believe that, given the errors, it would have been closer to 500 miles.
It broke the previous world record for a one-stop non-stop bird flight since 2007, when a female shore bird was reported to have flown 7,145 miles from Alaska to New Zealand.
Of the 20 teams tagged on New Zealand’s North Island last year, four were birds.
They are expected to begin their return flight in March where they will travel for a month in the Yellow Sea to eat before returning to Alaska.
The average weight of bar-tailed deities ranges from 230g to 450g on average and its wings range from 70 cm to 80 cm. Fully raised bar-powered deities range in length from 37 cm to 39 cm.
All bar-tailed deities spend the summer in the northern hemisphere during the breeding season, before moving long-distance south to more temperate zones in the winter, north of the Arctic during the breeding season.
Their migration routes diverged, some traveled only to the North Sea and others as far away as India.
Alaska-based bar-tailed deities travel to Australia and New Zealand on the longest permanent migration journey of any bird.