Vultures are not good at flapping their wings, but they manage to spend long periods of time in the air by soaring. Researchers found that these birds stay aloft by making use of small-scale turbulence that produces uplift without flapping their wings.
Hummingbirds are muscling through many of their aerial performances, says a new study.
Bats use the extra weight in their wings to their advange and generate inertial forces that allow them to reorient themselves upside-down.
Five new long-haired parasitic wasp species have been found in India. A recent study revealed these insects prefer spider eggs as their host of choice. The uniqueness of these insects suggest there are many more parasitic wasps to be found.
Female monarchs have thicker wings that make them sturdier and more efficient fliers than their male counterparts, a key attribute that increases their chances of survival during annual migrations.
Ancient birds had an intricate arrangement of muscles and ligaments that controlled the main feathers of their wings. This suggests that some were able to fly as well as modern birds.
Bats are known for their breathtaking precision when it comes to flying and avoiding obstacles, and new research credits their expert flying skills to super sensors found in their wings.
Birds crash into things sometimes, whether it's windows, cars, plans, or even unfortunately the occasional wind turbine. But for the most part, it's smooth sailing for these expert fliers. And given that navigating a cluttered environment at high speed one of the greatest challenges in biology, researchers wanted to learn how birds have managed this feat. It turns out it's all in their posture.
A newly developed robot walks and flies like a vampire bat, adept on both land and in the air, making this new animal-inspired technology advantageous for certain multi-terrain missions in the future.
Today's flying fish are famous for leaping into the air, gaining height from their long, wing-like fins. And now newfound fossils are providing insight into how these jumpers first took off, according to a new study.