Experts have long believed that some birds fly in the air for months at a time and do not land. But now it has been proven that a bird like the baboon, Common swift has this ability.
Common swift is found in Europe and Asia. This medium-sized bird flies most of the year, with some data showing that it flies continuously for 10 months of the year. It eats small insects that fly in the air during the flight. In addition, male and female birds mate during flight. Even these birds, instead of moving their wings in certain parts of the atmosphere, give up their toil and sleep while gliding in the air, and these parts of the air are called ‘thermal’.
Some zoologists had suggested such birds in the 1950s, but in 2016 research revealed the details of the Swift, which flies continuously. Earlier we knew that frigates and alpine swifts could fly continuously for a month.
The research was carried out by the University of Leonid in Switzerland, which tracked 19 species of Swift. It found that the Commons Swift babies spend 99% of their time in the air in a 10-month flight, but they do not think they are breeding during that time.
Anders Hedenström, a scientist involved in the study, said the bird also fell asleep during the flight, but did not provide further details. It is thought to sleep well while flying like a frigate and alpine swift. More research is needed.
If you look at the physique of the Common Swift Ababel, its arms are narrow and long. Their legs are strong but small and light. Nature has also designed this bird according to the principles of aerodynamics. For six months, the feathers fall off very cheaply so that the feathers and arms do not get damaged in any way while flying.
These birds stay in the air for a long time and thus do not become prey and also avoid diseases on the ground. Sometimes large birds make their prey.
The average age of a Common Swift is up to 20 years and it travels 3 million kilo meters throughout its life, which is equal to the distance to and from the Moon.