Birds are interesting creatures, as they possess an ability that for the most part no other animals have: the ability to fly. That’s why, for a long time, birds were very much a mystery. And one big mystery about birds, one that even stumped Aristotle, was where they went during the winter. Birds would be there during the summer, leave for the fall and winter, and come back in the spring as a different species, and maybe leave again and come back as the first species. It was all very confusing for people like Aristotle, and they came up with many interesting, yet wrong, hypotheses.
In this video, you’ll learn all about how we figured out where birds go during the winter, i.e., migration, and how we proved it to be true. Created by Atlas Obscura, the video tells the story of how we found an animal called the “arrow stork”, and how it cleared up the mystery of where birds went.