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How Do Birds Fly?

Part of Flight Week

This week we have considered how humans managed to get aeroplanes to fly.

We have also learned lots about bats and not only how they fly but also how they communicate!

Yesterday was everything to do with insects and of course a week on flight would not be complete without our feathered friends the birds!

In Spring week we did some bird identification and we found out about birds nesting and what we kind of birds we might find in our gardens.

Today let's have a look at feathers and how birds can fly due to their special shape and features.

When you look up to the sky and watch the birds do you wonder how they manage to stay up there and of course how they actually get into the air.

Important Fact: Feathers are unique to birds.

Feathers provide:

  • Insulation
  • Protection
  • Preening and to make themselves more attractive to find a mate and fight off rivals for territory
  • Strong enough to be twisted and bent during flight without damage
  • Insulation for nesting

Birds have the correct bodies for flying they are lightweight and have shaped wings to help them along with strong legs for pushing off and landing.

Take some time to watch birds flying - they don’t flap their wings all the time they often glide and swoop - watch and see if you can see when they do this.

If you are very lucky you may see baby birds learning to fly at the moment as they are starting to leave the nest.

Do all birds fly?

How Do Birds Fly?

The answer is no there are a few birds that do not fly such as the penguin and the ostrich and emu!

Sometimes birds ability to fly can be reduced when they are moulting (losing and replacing their feathers).

Live Osprey Nest Cam

Have you been watching the Osprey’s on the webcam at Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve?

Live Osprey Nest Cam

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