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Top 10 Fastest Birds in the World

Tuesday, May 10th 2011. | Fastest


Some birds are fastest species on earth. They have outstanding stamina more than a cheetah and they can speed up for hours. On the following list, you will find 10 fastest birds in the world according to birdwatchers around the globe. Do not expect Eagle on the following list because eagle is slower compare to the slowest bird on the top 10 world’s fastest bird.

10. Pintail (Anas Acuta): 65 mph

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Pintail is a migratory bird, which originates from Europe, North America and Asia. Every year, Pintails migrates from near north equator to south equator to find warm environment. In a critical condition, Pintail can speed up to 105 km or 65 mph. Male pintail is usually bigger than the female. After they full grown, pintail can have a wingspan spanning 23.6-28.2 cm .

9. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos): 65 mph

Mallard or popularly called Wild Duck come from New Zealand, part of Australia, Asia, North Africa, Europe and North America. Mallard’s female usually has light brown head while the male has bright green head. Adult mallard usually fly with wings spanning 32 up to 39 inches wide. Birdwatcher classified Mallard as a migratory bird.

8. Teal (Anas Crecca): 68 mph

Teal or people use to call Common teal originates from the temperate Eurasia region. They migrate to south to escape from the cold winter. It is a small duck with wings spanning 53-59 cm wide. It has top speed 109 km/ hour in the air. When they migrate, Teals usually gather in a large blocks to scare predators
7. Eider duck (Somateria mollissima): 70 mph
Eider Duck is a big sea duck. We can find the duck habitat in northern Europe, North America until Eastern Siberian. Adult Eider duck is 50-71 cm long. Since it is coastal bird, the bird migrates every winter to south

6. Canvasback duck (AythyaValisineria): 72 mph

Canvasback Duck is a big diving duck. We can find its habitat in North America. Their migration route is from Mississippi the south hemisphere during the winter. A full-grown Canvasback is 48-56 cm long and has wings spanning 79 up to 89 cm

5. White-rumped swift (Apus caffer): 77 mph

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Rumped swift (Apus caffer)

White Rumped Swift comes from Spain, Morocco and Saharan areas. On a certain condition, the bird migrates to South Africa. Apus Caffer is classified as a small bird because it is only 14-15,5 cm long. On the air, the bird can fly up to 124 km/h. Their short legs help them to control their speed.

4. Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator): 80 mph/129 km/hour

The Red-breasted Merganser originates from North America, Europe, Asia and Greenland. Same as other diving duck, it migrates during the winter to the south. The bird can grow up to 62 cm long and their wing can span up to 70-86 cm once they mature.

3. Spur-winged goose (Plectropterus gambensis): 88 mph

Spur-winged Goose is a big bird comes from wetlands of Sub-Sahara of Africa and it has a title the biggest “goose” in the world. They can grow from 75 up to 115 cm tall and be weighting up to 4- 6.8 kg. Same as other bird, the male is bigger than the female.

2. Frigate bird (family of Fregatidae) : 95 mph

Frigate bird is one of Fregata genus families and birdwatcher use to call it Pirate bird. The bird has long tails and wings. The male has red pouch on his chest. Frigate bird is pelagic and they rarely migrate to the other hemisphere to avoid winter. 1. Spine-tailed swift (Hirundapus caudacutus): 106 mph
1. Spine-tailed swift: 106 mph

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Spined Tailed Swift


Spine-tailed Swift or called White-throated Needletail is the world’s fastest bird. It has short legs, loves to fly, and it builds their home between the rock, cliffs or hollow trees. Almost all the bird’s life is flying. We can find its habitat in rocky hills around central Asia, or southern Siberia. During the winter, the bird migrates to Australia. This fastest bird in the world is a difficult catch.


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