Why do albatrosses have problems at take-off and landing?


An albatross taking off and landing is not an elegant sight. Although ideal for gliding through the air, its long wings tend to get in the way when the bird is closer to the ground. In addition, flapping uses up energy, and the bird's great weight-up to-12 kg-adds to its difficulties. An albatross therefore needs a long quick run-up and a headwind of at least 12 km/h before it is able to take off. When landing, it tries to reduce its momentum by running. However, since it tends to fly faster than it is able to run, landings all too frequently end with a crash and possibly even a somersault.

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