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Top 10 Highest Flying Birds in the World

Migratory birds are high flyer because they migrate for food, breeding and wintering grounds. They belong to the family of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates. In this article, we are giving the list of top 10 Highest Flying Birds in the World that will enhance the general knowledge of the readers.
Apr 3, 2019 18:58 IST
Top 10 Highest Flying Birds in the World

Birds are warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings. Migratory birds are high flyer because they migrate often north and south along a flyway, between breeding and wintering grounds.

Highest Flying Birds in the World

10. White stork 

Founded in: Europe, southwestern Asia, north-western and southern Africa

Scientific Name: Ciconiidae

Maximum Flying Height: 16,000 feet

9. Bar-tailed godwit

Founded in: Tundra and Arctic coasts of Eurasia and winters in the tropical and temperate habitat of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Scientific Name: Limosa lapponica

Maximum Flying Height: 20,000 feet

8. Mallard

Founded in: Range encompasses both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere

Scientific Name: Anas platyrhynchos

Maximum Flying Height: 21000 feet

7. Andean condor

Founded in: South American Andes Mountains

Scientific Name: Vultur gryphus

Maximum Flying Height: 21,300 feet

6. Bearded vulture

Founded in: Mountainous regions of Asia, Africa, and Europe

Scientific Name: Gypaetus barbatus

Maximum Flying Height: 24,000 feet

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5. Alpine chough

Founded in: High Mountains of Europe, northern Africa, and Asia

Scientific Name: Pyrrhocorax graculus

Maximum Flying Height: 26,500 feet

4. Whooper swan

Founded in: Wetland areas in Europe and Asia

Scientific Name: Cygnus Cygnus

Maximum Flying Height: 27,000 feet

3. Bar-headed goose

Founded in: High-altitude lakes in Asia

Scientific Name: Anser indicus

Maximum Flying Height: 27,825 feet

2. Common crane

Founded in: Northern parts of Europe and Asia

Scientific Name: Grus grus

Maximum Flying Height: 33,000 feet

1. Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

Founded in: Sahel region of central Africa

Scientific Name: Gyps rueppellii

Maximum Flying Height: 37,000 feet

The birds migrate mainly for the food and for the favourable climate. They commonly fly to the north in the spring to breed in the temperate or Arctic summer and returning in the autumn to wintering grounds in warmer regions to the south.

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