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Migrating birds fly nonstop for more than six months

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LOS ANGELES — Talk about a red-eye flight. After attaching electronic monitors to half a dozen Alpine swifts, researchers say they were shocked to discover that migrating birds flew nonstop for 200 days.

That’s right, the birds remained airborne for more than six months, eating, drinking and sleeping on the fly, so to speak. Swiss scientists recently published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

Since the 1970s, ornithologists have speculated that the Alpine swift’s smaller cousin, the common swift,…

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