Top 10 Fastest Animals On The Planet

1. Peregrine Falcon

 

The peregrine falcon is a large crow-sized falcon also known as the peregrine, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a blackhead. Peregrine falcons are one of the largest and most powerful species of falcon. The peregrine is known for its speed, reaching over 320 km/h (200 mph) when it hunts his prey making it the fastest bird in the world, as well as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. According to National Geographic, the highest measured speed of a peregrine falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph). It normally doesn’t fly at this speed It reaches its top speed by falling in a specialized hunting dive called a stoop.

2. Golden Eagle

 

The golden eagle is one of the best-known and most widely distributed species of eagle. Golden eagles have powerful feet and massive, sharp talons to snatch up a variety of prey, mainly hares, rabbits, and marmots, and other squirrels. The golden eagle is a very large raptor, 66 to 102 centimeters in length. Its wingspan is 1.8 to 2.34 meters.  When hunting, the golden eagle can glide very fast, reaching speeds of up to 190 kilometers per hour (120 mph), and when diving after prey, a golden eagle can reach 240 to 320 kilometers per hour (150 to 200 mph).

3. White-throated Needletail

White-Throated Needletail also known as needle-tailed swift or spine-tailed swift is the fastest bird in powered flight. It is known to reach speeds of up to 170 km/h (105 mph) in horizontal flight, but it is debatable because the methods used to measure its speed have not been published. Other birds who can reach or match up to this speed are Eurasian hobby (60 km/h, 100 mph) and also Mexican free-tailed bat (160 km/h, 100 mph).

4. Hybomitra Hinei

Hybomitra Hinei is a species of horse fly in the family Tabanidae. Males of this species chase and catch the females, and together they fall to the ground. To simulate this, the researcher fired a plastic pellet from an air rifle, the male horsefly chased the pellet, reaching speeds of at least 90 mph (145 km/h).

5. Cheetah

Now lets come to the land. The top speed of a cheetah is extremely difficult to predict and determine. One of the fastest reliable records was obtained by a conservationist and the cheetah he’d raised. He attached some meat behind his vehicle and took off, and the cat gave chase, clocking approximately 64 mph over the trials. Fastest land-animal, fastest feline, the cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 96.6 km/h (60.0 mph) in under three seconds.

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