is the fastest flying bird

The Common Swift has officially lost its crown as the fastest-flying animal in the sky. So who took the title? The Peregrine Falcon? A frigatebird? Perhaps the Grey-headed Albatross? None of the above. The answer might surprise you, because according to the latest research, the fastest flier in the animal kingdom isnt a bird at all. Its a bat.

But first, some background: The Peregrine Falcon is indisputably the fastest animal in the sky. It has been measured at speeds above 83.3 m/s (186 mph), but only when stooping, or diving. So for many years, it was commonly held by scientists that the fastest-flying bird in level flight was the White-throated Needletail (formerly known as the Spine-tailed Swift), which could supposedly reach speeds of up to 47m/s (105 mph). That number, however, had never been scientifically proven.

It turns out that measuring the speed of animals in flight is actually fairly difficult, and it wasn’t until 2009 that a research team from Lund University in Sweden used high-speed cameras to scientifically measure what they believed to be the fastest flier on the planet, the Common Swift. At a scientifically verifiable 31m/s (69 mph), achieved during mating flights (also known as “screaming parties”), the swift was named the fastest pair of wings in the world. It held that title for seven years, but earlier this month scientists published a paper crowning a new fastest flier: the Brazilian free-tailed bat.

Swift fans (not this kind) disappointed at the dethroning of their champion can take solace in the fact that the Common Swift still holds the record for longest continuous flight. There is no indication that bats are anywhere close to taking that record from them anytime soon.

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Birds by flying speed edit

  • During an Antarctic storm, maintaining a constant ground speed for roughly nine hours without stopping due to strong tailwinds
  • The BBC advises against placing too much stock in this value because the procedures used to calculate it have never been made public, making it difficult to verify. [citation needed] .

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But first, some background: The Peregrine Falcon is indisputably the fastest animal in the sky. It has been measured at speeds above 83.3 m/s (186 mph), but only when stooping, or diving. So for many years, it was commonly held by scientists that the fastest-flying bird in level flight was the White-throated Needletail (formerly known as the Spine-tailed Swift), which could supposedly reach speeds of up to 47m/s (105 mph). That number, however, had never been scientifically proven.

It turns out that measuring the speed of animals in flight is actually fairly difficult, and it wasn’t until 2009 that a research team from Lund University in Sweden used high-speed cameras to scientifically measure what they believed to be the fastest flier on the planet, the Common Swift. At a scientifically verifiable 31m/s (69 mph), achieved during mating flights (also known as “screaming parties”), the swift was named the fastest pair of wings in the world. It held that title for seven years, but earlier this month scientists published a paper crowning a new fastest flier: the Brazilian free-tailed bat.

Officially, the Common Swift is no longer the animal in the sky with the fastest flight speed. Who then won the title—the Grey-headed Albatross, a frigatebird, or the Peregrine Falcon? None of the aforementioned The answer may surprise you because, in the animal kingdom, the fastest flyer isn’t even a bird, according to the most recent research. Its a bat.

The fact that the Common Swift continues to hold the record for the longest continuous flight should console Swift fans (not this kind) who are disappointed at the overthrow of their hero. It appears that bats have no intention of breaking that record any time soon.

FAQ

What bird can fly the fastest for the longest?

The Bar-tailed Godwit has an even more impressive record. A Bar-tailed Godwit flew 12,000 kilometers non-stop across the Pacific Ocean from its breeding grounds in Alaska to its wintering spot in New Zealand in 11 days. Its average speed enroute was about 45 km/h.

Is there a bird faster than a plane?

The common swift holds the record for fastest sustained horizontal flight amongst birds at about 69 mph. The peregrine falcon is the fastest critter for travel speed, but only in a stoop (dive) at reported speeds up to 240 mph.

What bird flies 250 mph?

Not much time to get out of the way if you’re the prey of a peregrine falcon—the superbly aerodynamic bird can reach almost 250 mph when it tucks its wings and goes into a head-first dive. That’s by far the fastest speed of any animal on earth.