Where Do Birds Go in a Storm?

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Scientists believe that birds are able to navigate through storms, even if strong winds force them off course. Birds avoid the strongest of winds by flying around them and can even use high speed winds to give them a boost in flight.

The impressive navigational ability of birds comes from their nature as migratory animals. In order to successfully migrate in the winter, birds often have to fly through poor weather. It is also believed that birds have additional sensory perception in regards to air pressure changes associated with a storm, but scientists do not yet know how this ability works. In addition, perching birds are extremely difficult to remove due to their reflexive talons, even in extreme weather.