Tiny Blackpoll Warbler Can Cross 1700 Miles in Three Days


A latest research reveals that small songbird migrates 1,700 miles in merely three days.  This is the longest known journey of any land bird.

A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst attached geolocators in birds from Vermont and Nova Scotia. The device allows researchers to measure the ambient light levels. The daylight hours revealed the bird’s altitude, whereas the sunrise informed about the longitude.

The trackers permit researchers to follow the birds from North America to Puerto Rico.  The analysis of the long route of song birds confirms that they fly  1, 700 miles in one journey.

Chris Rimmer, an ornithologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, commented on the study. He states that the research shows that blackpoll perform the most brave migration.

There are several other birds who are famous for travelling thousands miles. However, these birds usually stop somewhere for food or water. In comparison, the blackpoll warblers complete their journey without any break.  Stopping for water or food can put life their life at risk.

Ryan Norris, the lead researcher at the University of Guelph, called it a “fly-or-die journey”. He informs that the chances of deaths are quite high in this long journey.

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