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The roller coaster flight strategy of bar-headed geese conserves energy during Himalayan migrations

Overview of attention for article published in Science, January 2015
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29 news outlets
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4 blogs
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82 tweeters
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10 Facebook pages
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1 Wikipedia page
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5 Google+ users

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Title
The roller coaster flight strategy of bar-headed geese conserves energy during Himalayan migrations
Published in
Science, January 2015
DOI 10.1126/science.1258732
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Authors

C. M. Bishop, R. J. Spivey, L. A. Hawkes, N. Batbayar, B. Chua, P. B. Frappell, W. K. Milsom, T. Natsagdorj, S. H. Newman, G. R. Scott, J. Y. Takekawa, M. Wikelski, P. J. Butler

Abstract

The physiological and biomechanical requirements of flight at high altitude have been the subject of much interest. Here, we uncover a steep relation between heart rate and wingbeat frequency (raised to the exponent 3.5) and estimated metabolic power and wingbeat frequency (exponent 7) of migratory bar-headed geese. Flight costs increase more rapidly than anticipated as air density declines, which overturns prevailing expectations that this species should maintain high-altitude flight when traversing the Himalayas. Instead, a "roller coaster" strategy, of tracking the underlying terrain and discarding large altitude gains only to recoup them later in the flight with occasional benefits from orographic lift, is shown to be energetically advantageous for flights over the Himalayas.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 3 2%
Sweden 2 1%
United States 2 1%
Germany 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 172 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 47 26%
Researcher 28 15%
Student > Master 24 13%
Student > Bachelor 17 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 6%
Other 30 16%
Unknown 27 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 101 55%
Environmental Science 22 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 5%
Engineering 5 3%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 4 2%
Other 14 8%
Unknown 29 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 339. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 February 2021.
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#74,706
of 22,054,848 outputs
Outputs from Science
#2,812
of 77,195 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,041
of 395,320 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#53
of 1,052 outputs
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