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Monday, June 13, 2011

World's Highest Flying Bird

The world's highest flying bird is an Asian goose that can fly up and over the Himalaya in only about eight hours, a new study finds

An international team of researchers tagged 25 bar-headed geese in India with GPS transmitters. Shortly thereafter, the birds left on their annual spring migration to Mongolia and surrounding areas to breed.
To get there, the geese have to fly over the Himalaya—the world's tallest mountain range and home to the tallest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest, which rises to 29,035 feet (8,850 meters).
The researchers that found the birds reached a peak height of nearly 21,120 feet (6,437 meters) during their travels. The migration took about two months and covered distances of up to 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers)

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