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Video reveals incredible "acrobat" and "hunter" birds in flight

Not all birds fly the same way. Hardly a revolutionary statement (you don't need a firm grasp of biomechanics to recognize that a sparrow gets around differently than an albatross). But things get more interesting when you stop to examine the differences.

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In this fascinating video from Earth Unplugged, we examine the difference in flight behavior between two skilled aerialists – a peregrine falcon and a raven. It's beautiful to watch – a stunning demonstration of how creatures can evolve even a widely shared trait (the capacity for flight) in the ever-so-specific way required of the selective pressures placed upon it.

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Wow. . .

And points to the raven, it makes that sort of acrobatics look effortless, which I suppose is part of why they're so successful?