Posted on 02 April 2011.
Elucidating the top 10 fastest flying birds from a bulky catalogue of birds considering its heterogeneity and variety really requires some thought provoking search initiative. Birds are the nature’s one of the most beautiful creatures that caught the imagination of the poets cutting across generations and regions to jot down a few lines of their sonnets or couplets with finesse. The beauty and the versatile acrobatic maneuvers that mostly birds of different kinds perform with ease, while soaring high in the sky is really something awesome and that’s why people belonging to different shades of life whenever gets time of their hectic schedule and programs tries to catch a glimpse of these nature’s cutest and even sometimes boldest flying vertebrate and endothermic animals.
The list of ten fastest flying birds which was more or less accepted in a worldwide manner:
1. Grey-headed albatross:
Also known as Thalassarche chrysostoma, the albatross has a circumpolar distribution over cold sub Antarctic and Antarctic waters. It averages 81 cm in length and 2.2 m in wingspan and can weigh between 2.8 to 4.4 kg. It is the fastest bird, flying at 127 kilometres per hour.
2. Common Eider:
Eider Duck (also known as Somateria mollissima) happens to be the second fastest flying bird in the world with maximum speed of 76 kilometers. Mostly seen in the Northern Hemisphere, They are large sea ducks belonged to the genus Somateria and the broader family of Anatidae.
3. Bewick’s Swan:
This is a Holarctic swan which is also known as the Cygnus Columbianus. They are the smallest species of swans to visit Great Britain and are inclined to ceaseless wanderlust. Bewick’s Swan is similar in appearance to its sister species, the Whooper Swan, but is smaller, has a shorter neck and has a more rounded head shape with an adjustable bill pattern. It is the third fastest bird, flying at 72 kilometres per hour.
4. Barnacle Goose:
The bird was first classified in 1803 by Johann Matthäus Bechstein and was originally named Branta Leucopsis. In England, the world barnacle represented the word goose. The bird itself is medium-sized, 55-70cm long and has a wingspan of 130-145cm. It has a white face and breast and black head, neck, and upper breast.
The Barnacle Goose is the 4th fastest bird and flies at 68 kilometres per hour.
5. Common Crane:
This bird is better known as Grus Grus and comes from a family of Gruidae (the cranes). It is a large stately bird which is approximately 100-130cm long and has a wingspan of 180-240cm. Its features include a grey with a white facial streak and a bunch of black wing plumes. Many adults also have a red crown patch. What distinguishes the crane from others is its loud trumpeting call it gives in flight and display. It also has a dancing display when jumping with wings elevated.
The bird is the 4th fastest bird tying with the barnacle at 68 kilometres per hour.