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Warning, this answer involves a teeny tiny bit of fluid dynamics, a field that I'm largely unfamiliar with. Take it with perhaps a larger pinch of salt than usual. Clearly, this style of hovering flight works at larger-than-insect scale, because it's also how hummingbirds hover The style of hovering used by hummingbirds looks superficially similar to ...


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What anatomic features would this large bird develop, since it wouldn't have need to generate as much lift? I suspect it would look very much like other very large winged animals, and it would still be weight-optimised and generate a good deal of lift. This is because magical flight is expensive. Self-powered winged flight is also quite expensive, and so ...


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