Bird Flight Animations



Birds and insects are both among the most frequently seen wildlife in our everyday life. The flight of birds is arguably the most graceful and expressive of all natural motions. In this project we focus on the synthesis of realistic bird flight animations using physics-based methods.

Project members



eagle turning

Video shown at SIGGRAPH 2003 presentation (QuickTime 39.2 MB) (DivX 33.1 MB)

raven landing

Raven landing (QuickTime 138 KB)

eagle turning

Eagle turning (QuickTime 173 KB)

This research is supported by

  • University of Washington Animation Research Labs
  • National Science Foundation grant CCR-0092970
  • Microsoft Research
  • Electronic Arts
  • Sony

July 2003