Godwit breaks world record

A Bar-tailed godwit has broken a world record.

The bird travelled more than 12,000km from Alaska to New Zealand in just 11 days

This sets a new world record for bird completing a non-stop flight.

The satellite recorded a point-to-point flight of 12,854km. It is estimated that the total flight time was 224 hours. The previous longest recorded non-stop flight by a bird, of 11,680km, was recorded in 2007.

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, is known as 4BBRW. This comes from the blue, red and white rings fitted on its legs. It also had a 5gm satellite tag harnessed on its lower back to allow scientists to track its progress.

It was one of four birds to be tracked from the Alaskan mudflats where they had been feeding on clams and worms for two months.

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