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I am in first grade.Can you please tell me how can birds fly without moving their wings?



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GI'm a naturalist, an engineer or ornithologist could give you a more technical answer (maybe someone has), but simply put, the shape of the wings creates lift when air moves over them in certain ways, just as a mechanical glider's wings do. Also birds will find updrafts of rising air that will help them soar for longer times without flapping.

J. Elliott



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