These Giant Condors Can Fly For Hours Without Flapping Their Wings Even Once

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ScienceAlert reports: “Andean condors are the heaviest soaring bird in the world, with a single individual weighing up to about 16 kilos (or 35 pounds). When it comes to keeping these hefty bodies aloft, the sky’s very much the limit, it seems, according to new research.”
“Getting off the ground is the hardest part for these South American condors (Vultur gryphus), but once the giant birds are airborne, researchers have found they barely ever flap their wings. Instead, they glide, soaring for up to 99 percent of their flight time, mostly on winds and thermal updrafts.”
 

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