Bird Flight Patterns

Birds often fly in recognizable patterns that you can learn to identify.


Play the video and watch a bird fly across the scene.


Select the common flight pattern you think the bird is using. Check your answer using the button below.

Flight Pattern Key


Zig-zag pattern indicates flapping

Not flapping

Straight line pattern indicates not flapping


Can you identify all five flight patterns?

Observe at home

Look outside and watch the birds in your neighborhood to see what flight patterns you can identify.