# Wednesday, June 01, 2011

untitled4,000 miles is a really long way, especially when you consider that’s how far this little bird can travel.  The bird is a great snipe, a surprising candidate for one of the hardiest flyers in the animal world. Recent studies which tracked some of the birds using electronic tags have found that they not only fly up to 4,000 miles in three days without stopping but that they also do this at speeds of around 60mph. Three birds were tagged, with the results showing one bird flew 3,834 miles in 3 days. Another managed 4,445 miles in 3 and a half days, while a third managed 2,871 miles in just 48 hours. The birds were so intent on getting to their destinations that they would also fly over stopover sites when they were available, preferring to carry on their journey. Although other birds have been know to fly for longer distances, so far none have been found to cover these sorts of distances so quickly.