Nature Blows My Mind! The 6 Longest Bird Migrations

Pectoral Sandpiper (18,000 miles)

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pectoral sandpiper photo

credit: Andreas Trepte

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For some of us it's hard to imagine driving our car 18,000 miles in a year, so just imagine flying that distance in the average course of annual life. The Pectoral Sandpiper travels from breeding grounds in the tundra of northeast Asia or Alaska and central Canada, all the way down to wintering grounds in South America, with some of the Asian breeders going as far as Australia and even New Zealand.