As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Small vortex on wing makes the elegance of birds' flight

June 5, 2015
Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology and Evolution at Seoul National University
Birds use a thumb-like structure on the wing to create a small vortex which makes their turns and landings smooth, new research shows. This is the first time that researchers have found evidence that the effect of the alula is due to a small vortex formed at the tip of the alula feathers.
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