Why do birds fly in

V’s ?


One of our latest GPS’s

Tells why…


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Traci Watson, writing for USA Today¹ explains the curious avian alphabet.

Why the crisp V and not an S or M?

“The invention,” says Watson, “of highly precise, lightweight GPS units and other sensors a few years ago finally made it possible to find out exactly what the birds are up to in flight. For test pilots, the researchers turned to northern bald ibises², a highly endangered species raised in captivity in Austria for reintroduction to the wild.

“When the researchers analyzed the data from 14 young ibises flying in a V, they found that each ibis placed itself an average of 4 feet behind the bird in front of it and at an average of 45 degrees. That’s just the configuration needed for individual birds to catch the rising air generated by the flapping of the bird in front of it. By capturing this rising air, or ‘upwash,’ the bird stays aloft more efficiently.”

Further, a bird traces the same path in the sky as the bird in front of it.

This underlines, perhaps, that careful and efficient following is often the best way to learn how to lead.


¹ This appeared in Florida Life Today, Jan. 16, 2014) as a report of an article in this week’s Nature.

² “Ibis” is a great Scrabble word…