"Winging It!" Bird Quizby Patricia Sund
Bird Flight Facts
- Birds' bodies are streamlined to help overcome air resistance.
- The largest muscles in a bird are the breast muscles, which control the wings.
- Black and turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, broad-winged hawks, Northern Harriers, condors and ravens are some examples of soaring birds.
- Hummingbird wings rotate at the shoulder, not at the wrist, like other birds. The wing turns over midstroke. The backward motion cancels forward motion and the bird remains motionless.
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