(Picture by Daniel Bensen)
    The plump, rounded body of an Alaskan shuttlecock (Chaeturoides borealis) seems very different from the sleek, aerodynamic figure of a hmungo-swoop, but the birds are actually closely related, both part of the clade agilifugidae, the agile-wings.  Shuttlecocks dwell on the tundra of the northernmost reaches of North America, feeding upon the hordes of insects that dwell in this area during the brief summer.

    Alaskan shuttlecocks are highly migratory, and winter in southern North America during the Alaskan winter.  These birds are also casual visitors to Eurasia by way Siberia, and share a recent ancestor with the Eurasian agilifugids.

(Text by Daniel Bensen)
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