Dove Wings Whistling
Name: William L.
Date: Monday, June 17, 2002
Why do doves wings whistle in flight?
The vibration at the tip of the flight feathers in the rear of the wings
create the whistle vibrations. The contour of the flight feathers aid in
the type of vibrations (sound) as well as the interlocking barbs.
Most birds produce some sort of vibrations,
but may be inaudible to humans. Owls on the other hand, have special
feathers at the end of their wings that prevent the virbations that cause
sound. Their quiet flight is essential to their successful in capturing
food for the sound would alert the potential prey.
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