Birds are often used to describe freedom of movement and rightfully so. ‘Free as a bird’ they say, but nobody ever talks about how fast birds can get, which is a shame because some birds are incredibly fast. Whether it the desire to migrate faster, to evade predators, or to be better hunters, some birds have evolved the ability to fly at amazing speeds, speeds that no ground creatures can achieve naturally.
Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at the ten fastest birds in the world in our quest to find out what exactly is the fastest one and just how fast can it fly?
10Mallard – 105 km/h
Known also as wild ducks, mallards can be found in America, Europe, Asia, North Africa, New Zealand, and certain parts of Australia. Mallards are migratory birds who have evolved their impressive speed to evade predators mainly, as some birds of prey often shadow migrating colonies to feast on tired birds. Interestingly enough, mallards are considered to be the ancestors of most domestic ducks in the world today.