The Top 10 Fastest Birds

The great snipe doesn't exactly look like an athlete, but a new study found that the chubby little shorebird is the fastest migrator on earth, averaging 60 miles per hour for up to 4,200 miles.

What's the fastest bird over the short haul? The top 10 is loaded with ducks (so don't feel so bad next time you miss one):

10. Northern Pintail: 65 mph

9. Mallard: 65 mph

8. Eurasian/Common Teal: 68 mph

7. Common Eider: 70 mph

6. Canvasback: 72 mph

5. White-rumped Swift: 77 mph

4. Red-breasted Merganser: 80 mph

3. Spur-winged Goose: 88 mph

2. Frigatebird: 95 mph

1. Spine-tailed Swift: 106 mph


Note that this list only considers speed generated via the wings. If we include speed generated through diving, the champion is the peregrine falcon. It can reach over 200 mph as it descends upon prey.

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3 Responses to The Top 10 Fastest Birds

Your Name Ashley nyenya wrote:
September 04, 2013

I what to comment on the Penegrine falcon.how is that no one can reach their nest.?

giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir wrote:
April 03, 2012

it sucks

MRP311 wrote:
June 13, 2011

Still don't explain why I miss rooster pheasants.