Re: Deep Breathers:Paleo/ Neo / Convoluted

Subject: Re: Deep Breathers:Paleo/ Neo / Convoluted
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 09:20:52 +1000 (EST)
At 08:19 AM 4/3/98 +1000, Pat Macwhirter wrote:

>Dare I ask which bird flies the highest and in what state are their


Just very quickly because I'm on the run ...

Elphick 1995 ("Atlas of Bird Migration": Reader's Digest, Sydney) provides
the following statistics for high fliers:

Bar-headed Goose: 9,000 m
Whooper Swan: 8,230 m
Mallard: 6,400 m
Bar-tailed Godwit: 6,000 m
White Stork: 4,800 m
Bande Lapwing: 3,900 m
Fieldfare: 3,300 m
Whistling Swan: 2,700 m
Swifts: 2,000 m
Snow Goose: 1,500 m
Chaffinch: 1,000 m
Grey Plover: 800 m

The physiology of high-altitude flying is just as interesting as that of
diving. I'm sure that some of us will be discussing this over the next few
days as time permits.

Best wishes,

Dr Stephen Ambrose
Research Manager
Birds Australia (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union)
Australian Bird Research Centre
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East,
VIC   3123.
Tel:    +61 3 9882 2622
Fax:    +61 3 9882 2677
Email:  S.Ambrose <>  (at work)
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