From Alaska to Australia in 11 days: the godwit bird set a world record (map)
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A bird of the snipe family covered more than 13 thousand kilometers without stopping and lost half its weight during the flight.
The bartail godwit has set a world record by covering 13.5 thousand kilometers from Alaska to Australia without stopping. The Daily Mail writes about this.
The bird was in the air for 11 days and lost almost half of its weight. The godwit took off from Alaska on October 13 and landed in northeast Tasmania (Australia) on October 24.
It was possible to track the flight of the bird with the help of a special tracker, which ornithologists installed on its paw. They also told reporters details about the record holder. It turned out that the godwit, who had covered such a long distance, was only five months old.
The record of the little godwit was also commented on by naturalist writer Andrew Darby.
“Great news about the ultra-marathon godwit flights. Satellite-tracked bird flew non-stop from Alaska to Tasmania for the first time,” Darby wrote on his Twitter page.
Also he published maps showing the flight path of the record-breaking godwit.
< h2>Short-tailed godwit: what kind of bird is it
This is a bird of the snipe family. It has a distinctive brick red plumage, long legs and a long upturned beak. Habitat – Europe, Mongolia, Alaska, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.
Note that the barwit had already set some kind of records before.
So, in 2020, it became known that the godwit flew over 12,000 kilometers without stopping. The bird flew out of Alaska on September 16 and arrived in a bay near the New Zealand city of Auckland on September 27.
Thus, the godwit flew over 12 thousand kilometers in 11 days at a speed of 88.5 kilometers per hour.
And the previous record was set by ornithologists in 2007. At that time, the Bar-tailed Godwit flew 11.6 thousand kilometers without stopping.
Focus also wrote that the oldest wild bird in the world hatched its 40th chick at the age of 70. A female dark-backed albatross named Wisdom returned to Midway Atoll in Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean and hatched her calf.