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?
8Eider Duck – 113 km/h
Eider ducks are the largest ducks in Europe and North America. They can be found mostly in the northern parts of Europe, North America, and Eastern Siberia, mainly near the coast. These birds are very sociable and spend most of their lives in flocks, rarely venturing outside the flock’s reach. When they do, they can sometimes achieve impressive speeds of 113 km/h or more, especially when predators are involved.