Mechanics of wing-assisted incline running (WAIR)

  title={Mechanics of wing-assisted incline running (WAIR)},
  author={Matthew W. Bundle and Kenneth P Dial},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  pages={4553 - 4564}
  • M. Bundle, K. Dial
  • Published 15 December 2003
  • Biology
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
SUMMARY A recently discovered locomotor behavior, wing-assisted incline running (WAIR), allows fully volant animals to `run' up vertical obstacles. Such a task would appear to be especially formidable for bipeds, yet WAIR is used preferentially by ground-dwelling birds, specifically chukar partridge Alectoris chukar, to reach refugia. The basic locomotor mechanics that enable this behavior are not fully understood. For instance, are there functional differences at the level of the wing during… 

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