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Birds Never Get Lost


By: Colin Pennycuick (Author), Sandy Pennycuick (Author)

178 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations


Paperback | Feb 2016 | #225743 | ISBN-13: 9781785890482
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About this book

Birds fly very efficiently, doing little work themselves, and gaining large amounts of energy from the atmosphere. Whether on local flights or migration, they have the freedom to fly anywhere they please. It is because of this that scientists have long been fascinated with how birds remain the ultimate aviators. Birds Never Get Lost includes reports of how bird flight has been studied in laboratories, as well as by flying with them. It also provides a comprehensive background of what distinguishes birds from other flying animals, past and present, from bats to pterosaurs.


Chapter 1. Who started flight, animal and human?   1
Chapter 2. How fast do they go in level flight?   15
Chapter 3. How far can you go on a full tank?   31
Chapter 4. The biggest and smallest birds   45
Chapter 5. Why fly now?   61
Chapter 6. Up with the storks   79
Chapter 7. Flying to make a living   97
Chapter 8. Migration over the sea   117
Chapter 9. Tension versus cantilever wings   137
Chapter 10. The bird and its autopilot   151
Chapter 11. The Flight programme   169

References   173
Index   175

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Colin Pennycuick is a zoologist, trained to fly in the RAF, and a lifelong pilot of powered aircraft and gliders. Sandy Pennycuick is an artist.

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