Nature Blows My Mind! The 6 Longest Bird Migrations

Arctic Tern (44,000 miles )

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arctic tern photo

credit: LindsayRs

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And now for the record-holder: In 2010, researchers discovered that the Arctic tern travels twice the distance previously thought, traveling an average of 44,000 miles per year. That gives it the longest migration of any bird in the world. The Arctic tern travels from Greenland in the Arctic north all the way down to the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. Its migration takes it from pole to pole as it travels from breeding grounds to feeding grounds and back. Mind-blowing!

And now, find out which bird made the longest flight without once stopping to rest, eat or drink...