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On-board 'fuel' keeps birds on the wing

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The mysteries of how birds migrate thousands of miles without "running out of fuel" has been solved by scientists, who have found that some species can cannibalise their vital organs, including their livers, kidneys and skins, to generate inflight food.

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    Battley, PF., Piersma, T., Dietz, MW., Tang, SX., Dekinga, A. & Hulsman, K., 22-Jan-2000, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 267, 1439, p. 191-195 5 p.

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