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How fast do birds fly?

Updated on July 20, 2012
Crowned Eagle- Gubu Dam, Stutterheim
Crowned Eagle- Gubu Dam, Stutterheim | Source
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How fast do birds fly?


Questions my grandkids asked me. No 6


“Very fast”, is the obvious answer, but like all simple questions the answer is not always quite so easy. Birds fly in many different ways and for many different reasons. Some fly looking for food while others fly to migrate. Some fly to get away from danger while others spend years flying without landing. Swifts may spend years flying before they land for the first time to lay eggs and produce chicks. Their feet in fact are not develloped to allow them to perch.


It is estimated that on average birds fly at about 30 km an hour. When a Peregrine Falcon dives to catch another bird (it normally feeds on pigeons or doves that it catches “on the wing”) it flies at the amazing speed of over 200 km per hour. The Arctic Tern flies for about 8 months of the year as it migrates from northern to southern Polar Regions and back again. Some birds migrate between Europe and South Africa and have been recorded to have done a distance of 13 000 km in just three weeks.


The birds that are the fasted fliers on a level plane are Ducks, Geese and Swifts, who can fly at about 80 km per hour.


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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks red mermaid. Yes we love and enjoy our Grandkids and Kids

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      red mermaid 4 years ago

      Love your articles, children are a great source of imagination and curiosity.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Amen, we are working on it!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Thank you, this is some very interesting things to know that most of us never even think about. Very imaginative grandchildren you have!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Johan. Leave to the grandkids to ask some interesting questions. We do have some very fast feathered friends. Love the photos. Great job.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Amazing what they can do!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You gotta love those fast little guys...