How migrating birds 'run a marathon,' burning muscles and organs in long flights

Migrating birds complete long non-stop flights of many hours for songbirds and days for some shorebirds to reach breeding or wintering grounds. During such flights a bird's metabolic rate is very high, fueled by stored fat, but also by burning the protein in muscles and organs in a process that is not well understood, says eco-physiologist Alexander Gerson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

How migrating birds 'run a marathon,' burning muscles and organs in long flights

Migrating birds complete long non-stop flights of many hours for songbirds and days for some shorebirds to reach breeding or wintering grounds. During such flights a bird's metabolic rate is ...

Wed 12 Jul 17 from Phys.org

How Migrating Birds ‘Run a Marathon,’ Burning Muscles and Organs in Long Flights, Wed 12 Jul 17 from Science Blog

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