Top 10 Fastest Birds in the World




Bird, as it can fly, is one of the species in the world that can move fast. Some birds become the fastest bird because they can fly in high speed. Some of them even faster than luxury cruises. You can imagine how some birds can travel in a long distance, even cross continents, to find a better weather when the winter is coming. Their wings is very strong to travel hundreds of mile. We don’t include Peregrine Falcon here as It’s the fastest bird when they are in its hunting dive. Their speed can be more than 200 mph. So let’s take a look at the list of fastest birds in the world when They are flying

10. Pintail: 65 mph

The Pintail (Anas acuta) is a widely spreaded duck with the population in Europe, Asia and North America. They are strong migratory birds that can travel near the equator to south. They can fly at the speed of 105 km/hour (65 mph). They are large ducks with a wingspan of 23.6–28.2 cm (9.3–11.1 in). The male is usually larger than the female.

fastest bird Pintail

Pintail

 

9. Mallard: 65 mph

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) or usually called wild duck are spreaded largely in Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and it’s can be found in New Zealand and part of Australia as well. The male and female of this duck can be easily recognized with its head. Male has bright green head while the female has light brown. The Mallards has a wingspan of 81–98 cm (32–39 in) and can fly at the speed of 105 km/hour (65 mph). They’re also a migratory bird.

fastest bird Mallard

Mallard

 

8. Teal: 68 mph

The Teal or usually called Common Teal (Anas Crecca) is a widespread duck in temperate Eurasia while they are migrating south during winter. It’s the smallest dabbling duck. The wingspan of this bird can reach 53–59 cm (21–23 in). This bird can fly at the top speed of 109 km/hour (68 mph). Common Teals are highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks.

fastest bird Teal

Teal

7. Eider duck: 70 mph

The Eider or Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a large sea duck with 50–71 cm in body length. They are spreaded in the northern part of Europe, North America and Eastern Siberia mainly in the coasts. They are also migrating to south during winters in a large flocks on coastal waters. This bird can fly at the speed of 113 km/hour (70 mph).

fastest bird Eider duck

Eider duck

 

6. Canvasback duck: 72 mph

The Canvasback duck (AythyaValisineria) is a large diving duck that live in North America. They are 48-56 cm (19-22 in) in length with 79-89 cm (31-35 in) wingspan. This bird can fly at the speed of 116 km/hour (72 mph). They are migrating through the Mississippi flyway during winter to the south. The male and female of this duck can be recognized with its head color.

fastest bird Canvasback Duck

Canvasback Duck

5. White-rumped swift: 77 mph

The White-rumped Swift or Apus caffer is a small swift with population mainly in Spain, Marocco and sub Saharan country. This bird sometime migrate to the south of Africa. This 14-15.5 cm long can fly at the speed of 124 km/hour (77 mph). Swifts have very short legs that they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces.

fastest bird White rumped Swift

White rumped Swift

4. Red-breasted merganser: 80 mph

The Red-breasted Merganser or Mergus serrator is a diving duck that widely spread in North America, Greenland, Europe and Asia. They are flying further south when they migrate during winter. Red-breasted Merganser is 51–62 cm (20–24 in) long with a 70–86 cm (28–34 in) wingspan when they are adult. They can fly at the speed of 129 km/hour (80 mph).

fastest bird Red-breasted merganser

Red-breasted merganser

3. Spur-winged goose: 88 mph

The Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) is a large bird that coming from the wetlands of Sub-Saharan Africa. They are 75-115 cm (30-45 in) in length and 4-6.8 kg (8.8-15 lbs) in weight. This bird also usually called the world’s largest “goose”. The male is much larger than the female. They can fly at the speed of 142 km/hour (88 mph).

fastest bird Spur winged goose

Spur winged goose

2. Frigate bird: 95 mph

The frigatebirds usually refer to the seabirds family of Fregatidae. There are 5 species on this single genus Fregata. They are sometime called Pirate Birds. They have long wings, tails and bills and the males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate.Frigatebirds’ feeding habits are pelagic. These frigatebirds family can fly at the speed of 153 km/hour (95 mph).

fastest bird Frigatebird

Frigatebird

1. Spine-tailed swift: 106 mph

The Spine-tailed Swift or White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), is the fastest flying bird in the world. They can fly at the speed of 170 km/h (105 mph). These birds characterized with its very short legs and spend most of their lives in the air. They build nests in the rocks, cliffs or hollow trees. This species is mainly can be found in rocky hills in central Asia and southern Siberia while they are migrating during winter to Australia.

fastest bird Spin Tailed Swift

Spin-tailed Swift

Have you ever seen those fastest birds flying that fast?