Around the world in 11 days: Bar-tailed godwit breaks own record, flying from Alaska to New Zealand

(nationalpost.com)

Scientists say the bird has set a new world record for avian non-stop flight, after tracking its route over 11 days from southwest Alaska to a bay near Auckland, flying at speeds of up to 55 km/h. […]

The satellite recorded a point-to-point flight of 12,854 kilometres, but scientists have estimated that the distance travelled will have been around 12,200 kilometres once rounding errors are accounted for. The previous longest non-stop flight on record was by a bird that flew 11,680 kilometres. That effort was recorded in 2007, and it was also by a bar-tailed godwit.

These things weigh about 400g when they start their flight, and they don’t stop to sleep or eat until reaching their destination … 😮