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Old 08-22-2012, 04:34 AM
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Default Can birds perform loops?

We have a bird here in Northern Thailand that sometimes comes in the evening to feed on bugs over our pond. It is much more aerobatic than a swallow and it can dive straight down to the water and pull out inches from the surface and do rolls as it climbs out. Still trying to identify it but these occasional air shows have us wondering if any birds can perform a loop. Rolls, hammerheads, split s's can be observed, but never a complete loop.

Here is a video that might be of interest as well. Still no loops though!

[link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-_RHRAzUHM&feature=player_embedded[/link]
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:05 AM
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Default RE: Can birds perform loops?

There is a breed of pigeons called "rollers" that actually tumble in flight. Sort of like a lomchevak. I know I've seen some slow motion video of humingbirds doing rolls and loops.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:10 AM
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As long as they are pulling positive Gs all the way around the loop, there is no reason they couldn't.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:13 PM
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I've seen birds smacked with a 12Ga do some loops.
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