Nature Blows My Mind! The 6 Longest Bird Migrations

Sooty Shearwater (40,000 Miles)

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sooty shearwater

credit: JJ Harrison

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Sooty Shearwaters travel an incredible distance each year, logging as much as 40,000 miles as they travel their circular route from their breeding colonies in the Falkland Islands in the spring to Arctic waters to feed throughout the summer, and back down to the breeding grounds in the fall. They are regular globe trotters, moving from southern to northern hemispheres and covering as much as 310 miles a day.

The Sooty Shearwater was once the record-holder for the longest migration for a bird, but that record was overthrown recently by another featured in this slideshow.