You know the cheetah is the fastest land animal. Cheetahs have been estimated to run at over a 100 Km/h. Now let’s take a look at 11 animals that can move even faster than the elegant cheetah:
11. Grey-headed albatross
In a 2004 report published by French and British researchers working in the sub-Antarctic, the mean estimated groundspeed recorded for a satellite-tagged, grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma) hit 127 km/h (78.9 mph).
The albatross sustained this speed for more than 8 hours while returning to its nest at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the middle of an Antarctic storm.
This makes the grey-headed albatross the fastest bird in level flight.
The gyrfalcon is a bird of prey and the largest member of the falcon species. It has been estimated to fly at over 80 Miles per hour or 128 Km/h.
9. Black Marlin
A hooked black marlin has been recorded stripping line off a fishing reel at 120 feet per second (82 mph; 132 km/h). This makes the black marlin the fastest fish on the planet.
8. Spur-winged goose
The Spur-winged Goose, (Plectropterus gambensis), is a large bird in the family Anatidae, related to the geese and the shelducks, but distinct from both of these in a number of anatomical features, and therefore treated in its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. It’s top flying speed is estimated at 142 Km/h.
Yes, the common pigeon is a real speedster. Pigeons have been clocked flying 148.9 km/h average speed on a 640 km course.
Frigatebirds are a family of seabirds called Fregatidae which are found across all tropical and subtropical oceans. They have the largest wing-area-to-body-weight ratio of any bird. This helps them reach top speeds of up to 153 Km/h.
5. Mexican free-tailed bat
Yes, there’s a bat on the list. The Mexican free-tailed bat or Brazilian free-tailed bat is a medium-sized bat native to the Americas, regarded as one of the most abundant mammals in North America. It has been claimed to have the fastest horizontal speed (as opposed to stoop diving speed) of any animal. This bat can break the 100 miles per hour barrier or 160 Km/h.
4. Eurasian hobby
The Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo), or just simply hobby, is a small, slim falcon. This falcon is 29–36 cm (11–14 in) in length with a wingspan of 74–84 cm (29–33 in) and a weight of 175–285 g. But this small bird is capable of reaaching speeds of up to a 100 miles per hour (160 Km/h).
3. White-throated needletail swift
The white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), also known as needle-tailed swift or spine-tailed swift, is a large swift in the genusHirundapus. It is reputed to reach speeds of up to 170 km/h (105 mph) in horizontal flight, but this is unverified because the methods used to measure its speed have not been published.
2. Golden eagle
The famed Golden Eagle can reach 150 to 200 miles per hour in flight. This bird can be found all over the Northern Hemisphere and they have long, wide wings with separated, finger-like feathers on the ends. They hold these wings close to their bodies when diving which is done for hunting and sometimes territorial reasons.
1. Peregrine falcon
The peregrine falcon is the fastest aerial animal, fastest animal in flight, fastest bird, and the overall fastest member of the animal kingdom. The peregrine achieves its highest velocity not in horizontal level flight, but during its characteristic hunting stoop. While stooping, the peregrine falcon soars to a great height, then dives steeply at speeds of over 200 mph (320 km/h).
Assuming the maximum size at 58 cm, its relative speed clocks at 186 body lengths per second during its hunting swoop, the equivalent of a human running at 170 m/s (560 ft/s).