How does a bird take off for flight?

How does a bird take off for flight?

It takes a lot of energy for a bird to go from standing to flying as it takes off for flight.

A small bird does a simple jump and flaps its wings.

A large bird needs more than a jump. A large bird takes a run up, just like a plane does when it taxies on the airport runway.

Bird - Flight

Secretary Bird

 

A large bird faces into the wind and runs fast with its wings outstretched, and then takes off.

If a large bird is in a tree or on a cliff, it drops into the air and begins to flap its wings or holds them outstretched for the wind to lift it upwards.

 

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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