The mechanics of bird flight.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
The wing movements of a bird, appearing to the cursory eye fairly simple, are in fact highly complicated and necessarily so if the flight requirements are to be satisfied. Whilst the anatomy of the wing has been extensively studied and there has been a large body of work done on bird flight, the latter has been unco-ordinated and little attempt made to correlate it with the former. The object of the present work is to analyse the wing actions from observation and slow motion photography and to relate this to the structure and operating mechanisms. This required a detailed study of the form and arthrology of the structure and the myology of the mechanism.