Godwit breaks non stop bird flight

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A godwit bird has broken the record for the longest non stop flight by a bird.

The bar-tailed godwit – a type of wetland bird – flew from Alaska to Tasmania in Australia.

Godwits typically travel to New Zealand, but somehow this young bird took a 90-degree turn and landed in eastern Tasmania.

The late change of direction mean that the bird travelled 500km than it usually would!

It’s a journey that could have been deadly for the lucky young bird, but it managed to cross the vast Pacific Ocean safely.

It is believed that the bird probably lost “half or more of its body weight” during “continuous day and night flight”.

Researchers had tagged the godwit before its vast migration using a tiny satellite tracker weighing just 5 grams.

The journey of a godwit

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