Can Birds Fly In Heavy Rain ?

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Can Birds Fly In Heavy Rain ?
« on: 15/08/2007 20:17:24 »
Dear Bird and Rain Experts ( Bird bRAINs ?)

This is a Swallow:

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Nice isn't it ? Notice how non-rained-upon but grumpy he looks !

...that's probably because he's not looking forward to the prospect of flying through this:

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What I would like to know is:

Can he safely fly through this rain ?....would he normally fly above the clouds ?....If birds have trouble flying through rain then a storm while migrating across oceans must be very perilous yes ?...especially if they're not swimming birds.

How do birds cope with the rain when in flight ?


...and what about their sight ?...does it not get in their eyes?




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« Reply #1 on: 20/08/2007 16:04:07 »
I just noticed this topic, Neil.

Seeing as nobody else has contributed i will attempt an answer. Birds can and do fly in the rain, their feathers are oily which repels water.  Also, their bones are hollow, so they can afford to get a little wet and this will not add too much to their weight.

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« Reply #2 on: 20/08/2007 17:39:13 »
I've been watching the swallows at the stable yard and they most certainly do fly in heavy rain.
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« Reply #3 on: 20/08/2007 18:20:08 »
I just noticed this topic, Neil.

Seeing as nobody else has contributed i will attempt an answer. Birds can and do fly in the rain, their feathers are oily which repels water.  Also, their bones are hollow, so they can afford to get a little wet and this will not add too much to their weight.

I thank you for noticing this topic !...at last !! [;)]

So, saving getting struck by lightning or getting caught in a rather heavy hail storm, I can safely tick this off my list of things to worry about at night !..Good !!..only 7564 items to go !

THANKS PAUL....I appreciate your answer....can I just add a quicky..?..ooh !!..does the cavernous-echo-chamber nature of a Swallows bones replicate itself amongst all birds ?...even Ostriches ?...

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« Reply #4 on: 20/08/2007 18:20:51 »
I've been watching the swallows at the stable yard and they most certainly do fly in heavy rain.

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« Reply #5 on: 20/08/2007 18:30:22 »
does the cavernous-echo-chamber nature of a Swallows bones replicate itself amongst all birds ?...even Ostriches ?...



ermmm, i don't know that one. i just remember the inital answer from school. we were more interested in girls and catching things from toilet seats to worry about ostriches.

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« Reply #6 on: 20/08/2007 19:18:46 »
does the cavernous-echo-chamber nature of a Swallows bones replicate itself amongst all birds ?...even Ostriches ?...



ermmm, i don't know that one. i just remember the inital answer from school. we were more interested in girls and catching things from toilet seats to worry about ostriches.

That's ok...hopefully a bird bone eggspert will perch on the post and answer....I may start a new thread about it !

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« Reply #7 on: 12/02/2012 00:02:13 »
i think its wonderful how this topic has spanned the years :) if any of you were still wondering, though some flightless birds such as penguins and ostriches have solid bones, most birds do have very light, hollow bones.
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« Reply #8 on: 12/02/2012 09:42:02 »
i think its wonderful how this topic has spanned the years :) if any of you were still wondering, though some flightless birds such as penguins and ostriches have solid bones, most birds do have very light, hollow bones.

..and I think it's wonderful that you have kindly answered the final question for which I am eternally grateful with a gratifying air of curiosity satiated !
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« Reply #9 on: 12/02/2012 09:45:47 »
....to think...I've been sitting here all these years tapping my fingers ( on my now very warn out desk) keeping an eye on this topic every single minute of every day since....THANK YOU !
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Re: Can Birds Fly In Heavy Rain ?
« Reply #10 on: 13/02/2012 11:39:48 »
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.