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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required: Insects are considered the masters of unconventional lift during flight. In their Perspective, MÃ¼ller and Lentink discuss the discovery that birds, too, can produce unconventional lift. Apparently, swifts use their wings to generate a so-called leading-edge vortex to produce the lift they need to fly very fast and execute the tight turns that enable them to capture their insect prey (Videler et al.).
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