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awomanscorned's avatar

Why do geese and such fly in a "V" shape?

Asked by awomanscorned (11261 points ) October 27th, 2010

I’ve heard lots of reasons but which is the real reason?

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JLeslie's avatar

about geese

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if one bird flew alone.

Number one on the link answers your question, but number five is my favorite.

Coloma's avatar

They alternate flight possistions for rest purposes and flying in a V formation reduces wind resistance.

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MeinTeil's avatar

Goose peloton.

rooeytoo's avatar

Drafting. Smart geese!

ETpro's avatar

@rooeytoo & @JLeslie have it. The lead goose at the point of vthe vee breaks the static air. That goose works much harder to maintain the pace of flight than the geese flying in each trailing arm of the formation. And so they alternate lead position from time to time. Tel lead bird can fall back in the formation and catch its breath while a fresher one takes lead postion. Indeed, they are smart birds.

john65pennington's avatar

Geese play follow the leader. the head or first goose takes the lead. after tiring, the next goose in line takes the lead and so on. its just the nature of things.

woodcutter's avatar

It is how they can all keep watch for predators together . It’s the same tactic that fighter pilots used back when aerial combat was strictly a visual affair. They flew their aircraft in a “V” formation for safety. Don’t think it has much to do with drafting the bird in front but I could be wrong.

Plucky's avatar

Exactly what @Coloma and @JLeslie said. :)

Eureka999's avatar

The answer looks like clear, yet keeping the dynamic V shape need good communication. I wonder how that is realized

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