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Flight of Birds


IN reply to J. H.'s query respecting the flight of the albatross mentioned in a paper of mine on the flight of birds, read at the November meeting of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, I beg to assure him that no bird is able to fly without flapping its wings.

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SOUTHWELL, T. Flight of Birds. Nature 1, 431 (1870).

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