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The common swift flies ten months on end without landing. The hypothesis on these birds’ life in the air was presented by British researcher Ron Lockley back in 1970, but it is only now that researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed to prove the extreme lifestyle of the species. No other bird species remains in the air for as long without landing.
Produced by: Johan Nyman, Cecilia schubert
Footage of common swift: Joakim Lindhé
Still images of common swift 0:29-0:40: Markus Tallroth
Still image of common swift 1:10-1:13: Anders Hedenström