Posts tagged ‘Wings’

Where do bees go in the winter?

Bees spend the winter huddled together in their hives.  Inside the hive, the bees move about slowly, eating the extra honey that they stored during the busy summer season, and buzzing their wings to keep warm.  If a bee becomes too cold, it cannot move and thus, soon dies.

Before the end of winter, the queen bee begins to lay eggs again, and in the spring, all the busy activities of the hive are resumed.  In warm climates, however, where there is something in flower the year round, honeybees remains active, making honey in every season.–Dick Rogers

How do birds fly?

Birds Flying

Most birds are well suited for flying.  First of all, a bird has feathers and wings, and powerful muscles in its breast with which to flat them.  A bird’s body is streamlined to other little air resistance. Its bones are light in weight. Many of them are hollow and filled with air.

When a bird beats its wings downward, it produces a lifting force that holds the bird in the air.  As the wings flap downward to flight, the long wingtip feathers twist and push against the air, moving the bird forward.  The bird uses its tail feathers as a brake and as a rudder for steering. – Dick Rogers

How can a hummingbird stand still in the air?

Hummingbird

A hummingbird can stand still, or hover, in the air because its wings move very fast.  When hovering, a hummingbird’s body assumes a nearly vertical position.  Its tiny wings “scull” the air, gaining lift from what is more of a forward-and-backward movement than the more typical up-and-down flapping of other birds.  The hummingbird’s unique wings enable it to remain suspended in midair as it reaches into flowers with its long, slender bill and its even longer tongue, to sip the nectar or to gobble up insects.– Dick Rogers

How does a flying fish fly?

Flying Fish

The fins of a flying fish act like glider wings when it leaps out of the water and sails through the air.

The fins of all fish help them to swim, but the fins of the flying fish also help it to fly.  The “wings” of the flying fish are its large, wing-like front fins.

It doesn’t fly through the air by flapping its “wings” like a bird does.  It just glides through the air, sometimes for several hundred feet.

The flying fish gets into the air by swimming rapidly through the water.  Then it flips itself out of the water with its strong tail.

Once in the air, it spreads out the large fns at its sides and sails through the air much like a glider.

Sharp blows of its tail on the water’s surface give added power to its takeoff.

The flying fish can “fly” high enough to land on the decks of ships.  Schools of them will suddenly burst from the water, looking very much like they are playing.  But it is more likely they were frightened by a passing boat, or trying to escape larger fish.

Flying fish can be found in all warm seas.  They are deep blue on their backs and sides and silvery underneath.  Flying fishes may grow to be 18 inches long.   – Dick Rogers

What is a dodo?

Dodo

Dead as a dodo!  These words live on as a memorial for a puddy, flightless birds no one will ever see alive for it has been extinct nearly 300 years.

The dodo, whose name comes from the Portuguese word for “simpleton,” lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Larger than a turkey, the dodo had an enormous beak, tiny wings, and a little tuft of curly feathers for a tall.  It waddled about on short legs that could scarcely support its fat body.

Unchallenged by enemies, the dodo was quite unafraid when men came to its island home.

The dodo couldn’t fly anyway.  It was too clumsy to flee.  Dodo birds were slaughtered by the thousands.

The eggs and young were easy prey for the rats and dogs the men brought with them.  By the end of the 17th century, there were no more dodos.

Today, we know what the dodo looked like only from its bones and from 17thcentury paintings of dodos.  – Dick Rogers

 

Why do birds have feathers?

Birds have something that no other animal has—a covering of feathers.  These feathers help birds to fly and also keep them warm.  Birds have two main kinds of feathers:  “contour” and “down”.

The large, outer feather that cover the wings, body and tail of a bird are

Bird

called “contour” feathers.  These feathers streamline the body and help the bird fly smoothly through the air.

“Down” feathers are the soft, fluffy feathers found under the outer feathers.  Down feathers provide warmth.

Waterbirds have extra-thick coats of down.  That is why the ducks we see in the wintertime padding about in icy water are not cold.

The entire covering of feathers is called the “plumage.”

Feathers wear out, just as clothes do, and need to be replaced.

Birds lose an their feathers at least once a year and replace them with new ones.  This change of feathers is a process called “molting”.  – Dick Rogers

How do flying squirrels fly?

Flying-squirrel

Squirrels don’t have wings, but the flying squirrel seems to fly, though not like a bird.  It just glides from tree to tree in search of food.

The flying squirrel has folds of skin between its front and back feet.

When it leaps into space from a high limb, the flying squirrel spreads its feet wide.

The parachute-like folds of skin connecting its feet stretch out and convert the flying squirrel into a tiny living glider.  It can glide a downward angle as far as 125 feet.

Twisting and banking with the aid of its bushy tail, the flying squirrel guides itself to the trunk of another tree.

The flight ends as the squirrel lands upright on the tree to climb again for the next gliding leap.

Flying squirrels can be found living in the forests of North America, Asia and Europe.

During the day they sleep in nests hidden in tree hollows.  They come out at night to hunt for berries, insects, and nuts.  – Dick Rogers