Godwit can meet climate challenge
The bird world's long-distance champion is probably savvy enough to cope with climate change, researchers believe.
The bar-tailed godwit makes the biggest no-stop migration, flying 11,000km from Alaska to New Zealand every autumn.
It relies on the right type of winds to make this epic journey - winds that computer models indicate could become less favourable in the future.
But scientists say the godwit's ability to judge weather conditions means it should rise to the challenge.
David Douglas, a wildlife biologist with the United States Geological Survey, spoke to our correspondent Jonathan Amos about this amazing bird.
14 Dec 2013
- From the section Science & Environment