Which Birds Are Built For Long-Distance Travel? [Infographic]

Hint: a big wingspan helps.

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Fall is here, and winter is already on its way, which means many birds will soon begin flocking south like they had parents in Florida. Designer Dooriya Yu charted the migration distances of birds against the birds' wingspans and found a general pattern in the data: longer wingspans meant longer flights. (Although it would definitely be simplistic to say that was the only factor. The tiny Arctic tern is the farthest-flyer.) Also take this infographic with a grain of salt, since the data used isn't cited. Still, though, the Wandering Albatross is a big traveler, which you'd expect based on the name, and it gets a shout-out.

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