"'Jet Fighter' Godwit Breaks World Record For Non-Stop Bird Flight"

"Bar-tailed godwit flies more than 12,000km from Alaska to New Zealand in 11 days"

"A bird said to have the aerodynamic build of a “jet fighter” has been tracked flying more than 12,000km (7,500 miles) from Alaska to New Zealand, setting a new world record for avian non-stop flight.

The bar-tailed godwit set off from south-west Alaska on 16 September and arrived in a bay near Auckland 11 days later, having flown at speeds of up to 55mph.

The male bird, known as 4BBRW in reference to the blue, blue, red and white rings fitted on its legs, also had a 5gm satellite tag harnessed on its lower back to allow scientists to track its progress. It was one of four to leave together from the Alaskan mudflats where they had been feeding on clams and worms for two months."

Daniel Boffey reports for the Guardian October 13, 2020.

Source: Guardian, 10/13/2020