The Fastest Birds in the World

Just what are the fastest birds living in the world today? Tony Hakim Animal Lovers is here to let you know which birds will be swooping down on you before you know it!

The Peregrine Falcon

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The peregrine falcon. Image via flickr.com

Well known as the fastest bird in the world, the peregrine falcon is renowned for its incredibly steep dives when it is hunting for prey. When in this stoop, it will reach speeds averaging 320 km/h, giving its prey little chance to escape. According to National Geographic, the highest speed recorded is 389 km/h.

The Golden Eagle

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The golden eagle. Image via flickr.com

This species is another that possesses and incredibly quick glide while hunting. When the golden eagle spots its prey it can swoop down at an impressive speed of around 300 km/h, sometimes up to 320 km/h.

The Gyrfalcon

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The gyrfalcon. Image via wikimedia.org

Continuing the falcon trend regarding blindingly quick birds, the gyrfalcon comes into our list as one of the fastest birds in the world. Residing on northern islands and Arctic coasts, this species is quite large and is actually larger than the peregrine falcon. This doesn’t slow it down though, being able to reach speeds of around 200 km/h.

Spur-Winged Goose

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The spur-winged goose in flight. Image via wildlife-pictures-online.com

Falcons and eagles aren’t the only birds that can be fast in the animal kingdom, geese can be too! Although this goose is quite a heavy-set bird, this lake dwelling species has been recorded reaching speeds up to 142 km/h.

White-Rumped Swift

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The tiny white-rumped swift. Image via flickr.com

The white-rumped swift will round out Tony Hakim Animal Lovers selection of the fastest birds. Much smaller in stature than the other birds in this list, the swift can reach speeds of 120 km/h. With its small size and quick speed, blink and you might miss it!

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