Institute of Biology II
Department for Zoology and Animal Physiology
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Kinematic flight data

Barn owls were trained to fly on a track along which a camera system was moved in parallel like in sport events (Videos). In this way wing-morphology data at high resolution during gliding and flapping flight were obtained. Interestingly, the camber during flapping flight was much higher (>10%) than in any aircraft wing. It is a challenge to understand how the owl can maintain stable flight under these conditions.