Do shorter wings help birds avoid becoming roadkill?

03/18/2013 | New Scientist

Birds with shorter wings may be more likely to avoid a deadly collision with a car, according to a study that looked at cliff swallows, which nest near roads. Researchers found that birds who perished on the road often had longer wings than those that were captured for research. The shorter wings may help the birds take off from the ground quicker and allow for more swift movements, scientists say.

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