What’s the fastest airborne animal?


The cheetah is well-known for being the fastest creature on land, but the animal kingdom is not limited to Earth‘ssurface. What is the fastest flying animal? And what biological features enable its speed?

Nature’s swiftest jet-setter is the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). “Peregrinus” is the Latin word for “traveler,” a fitting moniker given that the raptors can migrate up to 15,550 miles (25,000 kilometers) in a roundtrip — one of the longest migrations in North America, according to the Nature Conservancy (opens in new tab) Indeed, peregrine falcons are global birds, found on every continent except Antarcticathe National Wildlife Federation noted (opens in new tab).

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