How Bird Wings Work (Compared to Airplane Wings) – Smarter Every Day 62


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I hope you never look at a bird in flight the same way again. I know I won’t!

Artist Info:
Sarah Xu, a student at the Vancouver Film School made the awesome introduction Drawing.

Gordon, the guy in charge of “Scary Parrot Monsters” at the end of the video wrote this song. It’s called “Black Rhino”… and is available for download online:

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I coordinated the travel with Rainforest Expeditions

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They ran me up and down the river in a boat, gave me lenses, a clean bed, awesome food etc. It was pretty amazing!
See the research project’s website here:

The project is led by Dr. Don Brightsmith
Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine

Jeff Cremer was my hook-up for all things photography once I got on site. He’s very good at technical photography and is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at him. Check out his chops and tell him Destin sent you:



How Bird Wings Work – Smarter Every Day

How Wings Work — A reference for creature props

How do you clip a wing?

how to clip your birds wings (with call ducks)

Why clip feathers? An Interview of Kelly

Changing feathers while still being able to fly?

Don’t bail out! Keep going!

Biomimicking a Bird?

A robot that flies like a bird

Huge variety of feather shapes all from the same bird

Feather Structure

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  1. Hee Destin, my physics friends assure me that the Bernoulli explanation is only tiny fraction of the story. There's a better explanation.

  2. Thank you, It makes me try to imaging how Pterosaur flight might compare. As their wings were made of one piece rather than the multiple feathers of a bird wing, there would clearly be some important differences. Any ideas?

  3. idiots saying he pulled a bird from nowhere yet at that moment there was a video cut where I believe he had to get the bird from its cage and continue shooting the video

  4. Birds should not get their wing its wrong its not normal they dont clip their wings in the wild wtf or humans doing

  5. Dude u killed that pigeon at the end of the video! It didn't last trough the end of the following day if it was lucky. Let it go… Lmao! A predator got that thing 110%. U let a banded all white pigeon just go. I hope it was a homing pigeon and it lived a couple blocks away at ur buddy's house.

  6. Thanx, very nice video, the thing I would like to know is the anatomy of a bird wing that prevents it from washing out (that is the mechanism that prevents the feather ends to ride up under the stress of the down stroke.)

  7. This is really useful for artist and animators too. Thank you for sharing. Definitely something more to think about and appreciate the next time I go hiking and bird watching. Love your homing pigeon too!!!

  8. As with rowing a boat, one feathers the oars on the forward (non power) stroke to save resistance with the air against the oars blade.

  9. On another video I commented how impossible it is for any application of the theory of evolution to explain the smallest of creatures' design! The DNA that defines every creature by internal design every cell contains has no possible origin outside pre-determined purpose for each creature. There's no exception, either!


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