Vortex wake, downwash distribution, aerodynamic performance and wingbeat kinematics in slow-flying pied flycatchers.

@article{Muijres2012VortexWD,
  title={Vortex wake, downwash distribution, aerodynamic performance and wingbeat kinematics in slow-flying pied flycatchers.},
  author={Florian T. Muijres and Melissa S. Bowlin and L Christoffer Johansson and Anders Hedenstr{\"o}m},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2012},
  volume={9 67},
  pages={292-303}
}
Many small passerines regularly fly slowly when catching prey, flying in cluttered environments or landing on a perch or nest. While flying slowly, passerines generate most of the flight forces during the downstroke, and have a 'feathered upstroke' during which they make their wing inactive by retracting it close to the body and by spreading the primary wing feathers. How this flight mode relates aerodynamically to the cruising flight and so-called 'normal hovering' as used in hummingbirds is… CONTINUE READING
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