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Top 10 Fastest Birds in the world

Shakeel Anwar30-OCT-2018 17:42
Top 10 Fastest Birds in the world

Birds are belong to the group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton. Ostrich is the nine-foot-tall flightless birds whereas bee hummingbird is two-inch-long smallest bird.

Top 10 Fastest Birds in the world

The list of top 10 Fastest Birds in the World with their maximum speed in kilometre per hour and some important facts are given below:

10. Anna's hummingbird      

It is a medium-sized hummingbird belongs to the Trochilidae bird family. It is found on the coast of North America. It has an iridescent bronze-green back, a pale grey chest and belly, and green flanks.

Maximum Speed: 98.27 km/h

9. Grey-headed albatross

It is also known as grey-headed mollymawk and belongs to the albatross family.        

Maximum Speed: 127 km/h

8. Rock dove (pigeon)

This bird is a member of the bird family Columbidae.   

Maximum Speed: 148.9 km/h

7. Red-breasted merganser   

This bird is belongs to the Anatidae bird family. It is found in the freshwater lakes and rivers across northern North America, Greenland, Europe, and Asia.

Maximum Speed: 129 km/h

6. Spur-winged goose

It is a large bird in the family of Anatidae and found in the wetlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

Maximum Speed: 142 km/h

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5. Frigatebird     

It is belongs to Fregatidae bird family and found across all tropical and subtropical oceans.

Maximum Speed: 153 km/h

4. Eurasian hobby       

It is a slate-grey above with a dark crown and two short black moustachial stripes that belongs to the Falconidae bird family. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa and Asia.

Maximum Speed: 160 km/h

3. White-throated needletail 

It is also known as needle-tailed swift or spine-tailed swift. It is a migratory bird, breeding in Central Asia and southern Siberia, and wintering south in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. It is belongs to the Apodidae bird family.

Maximum Speed: 169 km/h

2. Golden eagle   

It is a dark brown bird with lighter golden-brown plumage napes. It is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. It is belongs to the Accipitridae bird family.

Maximum Speed: 240–320 km/h

1. Peregrine falcon       

It is a large, crow-sized falcon, it has blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head belongs to the Falconidae bird family. It is found nearly everywhere on the Earth except polar region.

Maximum Speed: 389 km/h

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Top 10 Fastest Birds in the world

Name of Birds (Rank)

Maximum Speed

1. Peregrine falcon

389 km/h

2. Golden eagle

240–320 km/h

3. White-throated needletail

169 km/h

4. Eurasian hobby

160 km/h

5. Frigatebird

153 km/h

6. Spur-winged goose

142 km/h

7. Red-breasted merganser

129 km/h

8. Rock dove (pigeon)

148.9 km/h

9. Grey-headed albatross

127 km/h

10. Anna's hummingbird

98.27 km/h

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